The first set photo of Hank Azaria as Gargamel in Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures’ big screen CGI/live action hybrid 3D adaptation of The Smurfs. has been released on SplashNews (via: ComingSoon). I’m not sure what to think of this. He definitely looks like the real life version of the animated character (see comparison after the jump), but at the same time he looks beyond ridiculous. What do you think?
Head on over to Coming Soon to see more photos in higher res. Here is the film’s official plot synopsis:
When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.
- The previously announced voice cast: Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf, Katy Perry as Smurfette, Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf, Fred Armisen (SNL) will voice Brainy Smurf, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation) will play Clumsy Smurf, Paul Reubens will voice Jokey Smurf, John Oliver plays Vanity Smurf; Saturday Night Live‘s Kenan Thompson as Greedy Smurf, The Office’s B.J. Novak as Baker Smurf; and comedian Jeff Foxworthy as Handy Smurf.
- Previously announced live-action cast: Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays (Glee) star as “an expectant couple whose lives are turned upside down when the Smurfs cross over from their magical village to New York City,” Hank Azaria will play the Smurfs’ nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel, and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) plays Odile, Harris’s boss, a cosmetics executive.
- The film is helmed by Raja Gosnell (Scooby Doo and Beverly Hills Chihuahua) is scheduled to hit theaters on August 3rd 2011.