Chris Pratt is the new voice of Garfield in an upcoming animated movie from Sony Pictures, according to a report from the Hollywood Reporter. The lazy orange cat is notorious for hating Mondays, so it is quite fitting that this news comes out on a Monday.
The upcoming animated movie was first announced in 2016. It will be directed by Mary Dindal (Chicken Little) with a script by David Reynolds (Finding Nemo). The last time the pair worked together was on 2000’s The Emperor’s New Groove.
Pratt is also voicing Mario in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie, Mario. His previous voice credits include Barley in Pixar’s Onward and Emmet in The Lego Movie. Word’s out on whether or not Pratt will release an Instagram video talking about his love of lasagna and Garfield, but the Monday is still young.
The first Garfield strip appeared in newspapers in 1978, and since then the cat has appeared in multiple television shows and two theatrical live-action animated hybrid movies, with three direct-to-video films. In the 2004 and 2006 movies, Garfield was voiced by comedian Bill Murray, with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, played by Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken).
The Garfield animated movie does not have any further production news.
Correction (Nov. 5): The upcoming animated Garfield movie is in development at Sony Pictures, not Paramount Pictures. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.