In 2009 Anton Yelchin stepped into iconic roles in both the Star Trek and Terminator franchises, and now he is going to do it again, this time for the Smurfs. Sony has announced Anton Yelchin has joined the cast for their new hybrid live action/animated comedy The Smurfs.
Anton the Smurf
Yelchin’s casting was announced today by Sony via a press release about the start of production on The Smurfs:
Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria star on camera opposite an all-star voice cast. Anton Yelchin will play Clumsy Smurf; comedy legend Jonathan Winters, who voiced roles in the "Smurfs" television series, will voice Papa Smurf; Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Katy Perry will play Smurfette; Alan Cumming will play Gutsy Smurf; "SNL’s" Fred Armisen will voice Brainy Smurf; and George Lopez will play Grouchy Smurf.
Sony has also released a plot synopsis
When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.
As his name implies, Clumsy Smurf has been portrayed as the dim-witted but well meaning member of the Smurf collective. In the original Smurfs cartoon Clumsy was voiced with a southern accent. Check him out in this video clip: