Early Man. Copyright: Aardman Animations.

Early Man

2018 British comedy film from Aardman about a caveman. Stars Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams, Tom Hiddleston, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade and others.

Early Man.

Early Man

Comedy film from Aardman Animations about a caveman

Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams, Tom Hiddleston, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams and others
Mark Burton and John O'Farrell
Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne), along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game.

Tom Hiddleston voices Lord Nooth, the governor of the Bronze Age town who is a money-loving tyrant and rival to the film's Stone Age hero, Dug.

Early Man marks Nick Park's first feature film since the Academy Award winning Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit in 2005.

17th January 2017 update - Maisie Williams joins the cast

Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark from Game Of Thrones) joins the voice cast as Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends the film's hero Dug and helps steer him through the clash of the Stone Age and Bronze Age civilisations.

Maisie says: "I'm a huge Aardman fan - having the chance to work with Nick Park is a dream come true, especially as I get to voice such a fantastic character as Goona. I can't wait for audiences to meet her".

Nick Park said of the casting: "Maisie is a terrific actress, and she is of course no stranger to embodying a valiant heroine. I'm most excited to see her breathe life into Goona - I know she'll be the perfect ally to Eddie's Dug".

16th March 2017 update - Casting "The Tribe"

More cast details have been announced, with the casting of "The Tribe". It will feature Richard Ayoade as Treeboa, Selina Griffiths as Magma, Johnny Vegas as Asbo, Mark Williams as Barry, Gina Yashere as Gravelle and Simon Greenall as Eemak.

7th December 2017 update - more cast

Rob Brydon voices the Message Bird - an ingenious Bronze Age communication device. Kayvan Novak will be Dino, Lord Nooth's assistant; and Miriam Margolyes plays Queen Oofeefa, ruler of the Bronze Age world.

Production Details

UK certificate
88 minutes
Release date
Friday 26th January 2018
2016 - 2017
Sunday 14th January 2018, BFI IMAX


Production companies
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 27th June 2021 at 2:15pm on BBC1 Wales

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