Based on media reports and project announcements, what we know so far is that Tom will be hired to catch Jerry, but they’ll eventually become best friends and turn on Michael Peña in the 2021 film.
It just had to be. A new age Tom and Jerry flick with live-action and animation of the 21st century is set to take off. Earliest reports from the Hollywood suggest that the two arch-nemesis will start with a face-off in the film, but end up joining hands against Michael Peña, who plays the antagonist.
Heads Up! Tom And Jerry Become Best Friends, Join Hands Against Michael Peña In Upcoming Movie
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- The evolution of the world’s most famous cat and mouse
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Tom and Jerry will befriend each other and stand in support of another core character Kayla, being played by Chloe Grace Moretz. William Hanna and Joseph Barbara’s seven Oscar-winning Tom and Jerry short films from 1943 to 1953 will heavily influence the upcoming film.
Who’s playing what in Tom and Jerry 2021?
Michael Peña of Narcos: Mexico fame is perhaps the third biggest character in the upcoming movie apart from Tom and Jerry. As per media reports, Peña is the antagonist in the movie. He’ll be playing the evil general manager of the majestic Park Hotel in New York. New recruit Chloe Grace Moretz’s Kayla needs to catch Jerry before a wedding scheduled at the hotel.
Director Tim Story wants the movie to be iconic, retaining the fixation with Tom and Jerry, who are both the heroes and the villains of the storyline. Doing that with real human beings like Peña and Moretz on board will be a challenging task.
Tom and Jerry will be best friends, albeit temporarily
With Peña in the central antagonist role, Tim Story will have to ensure that Tom and Jerry are not overshadowed. Furthermore, keeping him on one pole means that both Tom and Jerry will be polarized toward the other. So, while Kayla hires the broke alley cat to get rid of Jerry, in all probability, Tom will befriend his catch by the end of the movie as both take on a bigger animal in Peña.
In all probability, Tom will befriend Jerry by the end of the movie as both take on a bigger animal in Peña.
As per reports, Peña is a bully boss to Kayla and all the other staff at the Park Hotel. Consequently, in the bigger scheme of things, the entire hotel’s staff, who certainly hate the GM, will eventually join hands with Tom, Jerry and Kayla to take on Peña’s character.
It’s surely a fun-filled storyline by the initial sounds of it. The story also builds up an uncanny resemblance with another New York hotel based Hollywood movie involving other animals apart from humans. We mean Dunston Checks In… remember?
Evolution of the world’s most famous cat and mouse
Tom and Jerry made childhood special right from the 40s and 50s to 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s for people globally. It even developed into a full-blown feature film Tom & Jerry: The Movie back in 1992.
Now in 2021 however, Tom and Jerry Movie will be an evolution from how we’ve seen the show narrated and visualized. Tom and Jerry are set to be more real than ever. Likewise, the plot is set in a real-life New York hotel. The movie will amplify the human characters which have always been on the periphery in the animated versions.
In theatres mid-April 2021
Michael Peña’s Dy GM of the Park Hotel will reportedly be called Terrance. Apart from Tom and Jerry, Peña will feature in Sony’s Fantasy Island remake and Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold in the coming year.
Tim Story will direct the Warner Bros animated comedy. It stars Rob Delaney, Colin Jost, Jordan Bolger, Pallavi Sharda. Hangover and Crazy Rich Asians star Ken Jeong is another high-profile name apart from Moretz and Peña. We do not have much info about the roles the other actors will play as of now.
Scheduled for a 16 April 2021 release, the live-action movie is being by Chris DeFaria. Tim Story, along with Adam Goodman are also the executive producers of Tom and Jerry.