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Tom Hiddleston gets mean and prehistoric in his new film role

Tom Huddleston

A couple of weeks back we reported that Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park had started work on a brand new feature-length animated adventure called 'Early Man'. Now we know that Tom Hiddleston is set to join fellow Brit thesp Eddie Redmayne in the voice cast. Set in the prehistoric era, 'Early Man' follows Dug (Redmayne), a caveman who leads his people into battle with a tribe of more advanced Bronze Age invaders led by the villainous Lord Nooth (Hiddleston).

According to reports, Nooth is a greedy, self-important villain who despises Dug and his people - a kind of prehistoric Loki, then? In textbook Hiddleston fashion, the star took to social media to proclaim his giddy excitement to be working with a legend of the British screen, with this almost unbearably loveable Instagram post.

'Early Man' is shaping up to be shaping up to be another quirky slapstick treat from Park and his Aardman geniuses - but don't get too excited, this stop-motion animation lark takes a while to sort out and the film won't hit cinemas until 2018. Still, let's hope there's lots more cheeky Hiddleston thumbs-up posts to keep us amused while we wait. And in case you missed it before here's the very funny clip Park posted to announce the film. 

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