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McAvoy and Blunt Join Elton John for Gnomeo and Juliet

"Gnomeo!" It makes me giggle.

The big news in the animation world today has to do with Shakespeare, Elton John and a star-crossed garden gnome couple voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt. It sounds so cute my teeth are starting to ache.

Apparently Gnomeo and Juliet has been in the works for several years, with various other talent involved (Kate Winslet, Tim Rice). Now, the CGI-animated movie will blend Elton John's well-known songs (and some new ones) with a story based on one of Shakespeare's most well-known works. The Hollywood Reporter has more details:

In the loose and edgy adaptation of Shakespeare's play, McAvoy (Atonement) and Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) would play lovers from rival gardens. John, who is producing alongside his offscreen partner David Furnish, Baker Bloodworth and Steve Hamilton Shaw, is said to be pursuing big-name talent to voice supporting roles.

I'm not the biggest fan of Elton John, but this sounds like it could be just so adorable. I mean, the Romeo and Juliet story's been played. . .but not by garden gnomes!

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divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Oh, that sounds do adorable and I can't wait to see it on the big screen. :D
LolaSvelt LolaSvelt 8 years
I remember hearing this project when Ewan McGregor and Kate Winslet were attached! Sounds great.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
I'd originally heard of this project with Ewan McGregor, over a year ago. I'm very intrigued!
sharshar sharshar 8 years
Ooh, what accent is he using this time?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Oh my Lord, suziryder, I didn't even notice that until you pointed it out. Well, if it speaks in the voice of James McAvoy...
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Heh, does anyone else think that gnome is posed rather seductively?
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
This sounds really cute. I'm not the biggest Elton John fan either, but I think he has made some amazing music.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Too cute! Love the concept, especially with James McAvoy on board.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Ooooo I'd forgotten about his sexy Scottish accent!! That would make this already cute-looking film MUCH more enjoyable!
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
Haha that sounds AMAZING! I love me some James McAvoy!
Plastic-bee Plastic-bee 8 years
Anything with garden gnomes in has to be fun to watch and add James McAvoy to it yay!
jspeed jspeed 8 years
how weird. If it weren't for Buzzsugar, I'd never know these things.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
As long as McAvoy gets to speak in his natural, amazingly sexy Scottish accent.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
sounds pretty cute and silly
stephley stephley 8 years
James McAvoy AND garden gnomes? I am so there!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's kind of funny -but i think that with the CGI technology - it'll draw a decent kids audience. and better yet, with the voices of recognizable ppl - that's the best way to go. i can't wait to hear/see more of this.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Gnomeo. Heehee. :D
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