In Zombieland, Bill Murray famously joked that voicing Garfield (twice!) was his biggest regret. But clearly that didn’t bother his one-episode Parks and Recreation co-star Chris Pratt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sometimes beleaguered Marvel star has signed on to voice the comic strip world’s most grouchy feline, who has hated Mondays and loved lasagna for over 43 years and counting.
Details about the new film are still thin on the ground, but it does come from respectable pedigree. The attached screenwriter, David Reynolds, co-wrote Finding Nemo, while its director, Mark Dindal, did the delightful Disney movie The Emperor’s New Groove. Perhaps they can mine riches from the premise of a lazy cat, his terminally single (and possibly depressed) owner, and his frenemy, a dog. (Maybe they’ll even bring in Nermal.)
Jim Davis’ strip, the most widely circulated in the world, has made it to screens before. There were a dozen TV specials from the ‘80s into the early ‘90s, and even a Saturday morning TV show. In the aughts, Garfield made it to the movies, voiced by Murray. In the role he later mocked, Murray took over for Lorenzo Music, the similar-sounding voice actor who had already voiced the animated version of him in the Ghostbusters daytime cartoon show.
And now there’s Pratt, who is already tied up with another animated film, voicing Mario the plumber in a take on the Nintendo character. The news inspired lots of people to question whether Pratt is the right man to voice a cat.
hard to think of an actor who has more “i actually love mondays” vibes https://t.co/9sLxZQEQpQ
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) November 1, 2021
why chris pratt in every animated movie make it stop https://t.co/THyXqlGZa1
— stephen (@multiofmad) November 1, 2021
The Chris Pratt animated universe has begun https://t.co/eKKDrMmXZf
— Hag (@horrorandgamer) November 1, 2021
we need to launch a full federal investigation into what kind of dirt chris pratt has on hollywood executives https://t.co/c5sCBxcllx
— bethany (@fiImgal) November 1, 2021
Others wanted Murray to come back, though that almost certainly ain’t happening, and not because he may be busy with the MCU.
Only Bill Murray can voice Garfield. I think it says so in the Constitution… https://t.co/AuBDhD7O8N
— Pulp Librarian (@PulpLibrarian) November 1, 2021
Someone go check on Bill Murray and make sure he doesn’t die laughing. https://t.co/caIcbh8S5U
— The Call is Coming from Inside the Nash (@Nash076) November 1, 2021
they should get someone good like Bill Murray!!! https://t.co/iqbHbgYKlQ
— Ryan Letourneau (@Northernlion) November 1, 2021
wtf bill murray is still alive and working https://t.co/pGKh5szH7K
— slate (@PleaseBeGneiss) November 1, 2021