Shawn Mendes, a global music sensation, is making his film debut, posing the voice to the singing crocodile in Lyle, Lyle, and Crocodile.
The Sony Pictures film is based on Bernard Waber''s best-selling book series, and the studio hopes to reach this beloved character in a new global audience, as well as Mendes'' growing popularity and star power.
The feature will be a live-action/CGI musical comedy with the help of an immensely successful showman, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, who won an Oscar for ''City of Stars'' from La La Land.
Constance Wu, Dune star Javier Bardem, and Scott McNairy, who has played Halt and Catch Fire, Batman v Superman, A Quiet Place Part II, and Narcos: Mexico, are among the stars of Mendes.
The Primm family (Wu, McNairy, and Winslow Fegley) is moving to New York City. Their young son Josh (Fegley) struggles to adapt to his new school and new friends. What do you do? Well, get acquainted with Lyle (Mendes) a singing crocodile!
Lyle enjoys baths (who does not) and enjoys a familiar form of caviar and great music, while staying at the Primm''s attic.
However, when Lyle''s existence is being threatened by an evil neighbour Mr Grumps (Brett Gelman), the two friends, along with Josh''s parents, must demonstrate to the world that his family may come from the most unexpected places, and there''s nothing wrong with a big singing crocodile with an even greater character.
This first look demonstrates how effective the film might be, and with Pasek and Paul''s talent and the voice of Mendes, it won''t be a surprise if it is a success.
Elsewhere, speaking of Dune and Bardem, who plays Stilgar in the film, discussed how Part 2 will unsettle as writers doing a "amazing job."
"I''ve read the new draft and I believe they''ve done an amazing job of assembling the pieces in a way that will surprise individuals," Bardem said. "They will not be surprised, obviously, because they''ve read the book, but they''ll be surprised by the way they put it together."
"I was very pleased with it," he said. It''s a film that''s full, and you can experience the weight of it, while also the beauty of it."
On October 14, Lyle, Lyle, and Crocodile will be available exclusively in cinemas.