Michael Peña has officially been cast as the antagonist in the upcoming Warner Bros’ live-action/animated revamp of the classic cartoon, Tom & Jerry. Peña will be joining Chloe Grace Moretz, who leads the film as Kayla.
Kayla is described as a new hire at an elegant Park Hotel where Jerry is staying who hires a broke alley cat, Tom, to get rid of the mouse after she begins to fear for her job. Peña’s character, Terrance, is the deputy general manager of the hotel. He hires Kayla as a temporary hire and eventually ends up combating her and Tom/ Jerry once she starts to impress the hotel’s upper management.
Tom & Jerry were originally introduced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940. Between 1940 and 1958, the series produced fourteen shorts and won seven Oscars in the animated short category. The franchise would continue to produce more shorts, shows, video games, and a 1992 feature film, Tom & Jerry: The Movie over the next decade.
Chris DeFaria is producing this latest adaptation with Tim Story and Adam Goodman serving as executive producers. Tim Story is also serving as the director for the project.
Peña most recently starred in Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico series and will appear next in Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold as well as Sony’s Fantasy Island remake.
Tom & Jerry is expected to arrive in theaters on April 16, 2021.