Rosamund Pike has been selected to provide the voice for Lady Penelope in an all-new version of the hit puppet adventure show Thunderbirds. Pike will join the likes of Kayvan Novak, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Menkin, Sandra Dickinson and Rasmus Hardiker as the newest voices behind the Tracy Island rescue team, and they will be joined in the recording booth by a familiar voice from the first incarnation of Thunderbirds.
Rosamund Pike will voice Lady Penelope in the new version of Thunderbirds
David Graham, who provided the voice for the ever-reliable chauffer Parker in the original 1960's series, has been hired to once again lend his voice to the pink Rolls Royce driving companion of Lady Penelope for the new series. He is the sole returnee for the new Thunderbirds series, which will be titled Thunderbirds Are Go! and will be a mixture of live-action, miniature sets and CGI animation.
"I am triple chuffed to be on board the new series of Thunderbirds Are Go! and reprising my role of dear old Parker with such a distinguished cast," Graham said in a statement upon his appointment (via the BBC). "My driving skills are in good nick and I am delighted to be behind the wheel again with M'Lady."
Former-Bond girl Pike, who most recently starred in the comedy The World's End, said that she was "very excited to bring Lady Penelope's wry wit and taste for adventure" to a new age and a new generation of viewers. She continued, "Exploring the scenes with David Graham has been an absolute delight. The scripts are very modern, very fresh and very funny. We're all eagerly anticipating our next stint in the recording studio!"
Thunderbirds Are Go! is being produced by ITV Studios and New Zealand-based Pukeko Picture and will air on ITV and CITV in 2015.
The actress will appear alongside original Parker; David Graham