Hollywood always had an affinity towards making a live-action version of popular cartoon series and we can’t blame them. Transformers, Jem, G.I. Joe, The Smurfs and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- all have proven to be cash-cows for their studios. He-Man joined this trend recently, and it looks like we might soon have a ThunderCats movie too.
Despite the anticipations of the fans, the movie had been stuck in the pipeline for quite some time now. Despite this, fans have not stopped making up their own dream cast for the film. They will have a reason to rejoice since one major star has shared her interest in the franchise.
In an interview with We Got This Covered, Milla Jovovich (of the Resident Evil fame) was asked which superheroes role she might want to take. Jovovich replied that she was quite interested in playing the role of Cheetara from ThunderCats.
The original animated series had a successful run from 1986-89, spanning over 30 episodes. The plot revolves around a group of humanoid cats who call themselves ThunderCats. After the destruction of their home (Kingdom of Thundera), they seek asylum on Third Earth and strive to protect it from the evil sorcerer Munn-Ra. Apart from being a very successful show, the franchise also spawned a vast collection of collectible toys.
The movie had been in talks for many years, but the lack of funds and CGI had stalled the project under Jerry O’Flaherty. Even the leaked footage didn’t help the project from getting kickstarted. In 2016, there were rumors that Michael Bay has taken up the project to make a stand-alone film, but nothing more happened ever since.
The last time we saw these badass cat-humans on-screen was during the reboot in 2011 on Cartoon Network. However, the show spurred no increase in the toy sales, and Bandai decided to end it after one season. More recently, fans had petitioned Netflix (who is known for reviving old animated shows), but the result is yet to be seen.
A few years back, Kame McAvoy expressed his interest in playing Lion-O. Ed Skrein (Deadpool fame) too expressed his interest in playing Panthro. Now, with Jovovich’s statement, it seems that a production team is all that lies in between the amazing cast and a spectacular show.