Warner Bros. has been trying to bring Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzales to the big screen for a while. Back in 2010, a live action/animated hybrid film was in the works, with George Lopez attached to voice Speedy. Then, in December, it was reported that a fully animated Speedy Gonzales movie entered development. Now, a full length animated feature has been confirmed, and we even have a voice actor for Speedy.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is indeed developing an animated Speedy Gonzales film. Mexican actor/filmmaker Eugenio Derbez will voice the titular character. Are We Done Yet? scribe Hank Nelken will write the screenplay. Tentatively titled Speedy, the movie is described as a “heist caper,” and it will likely be cut into both English and Spanish-spoken versions.
Producer Dylan Sellers reveals to Deadline that Speedy will serve as an origin story for the iconic character. “We see this as an origin story of the great master, like a Robin Hood character, who ultimately ends up taking from the rich and giving to the poor. In a time when Donald Trump is gaining momentum, the world needs Speedy more than ever.”
Meanwhile, Derbez has this to say about landing the coveted role. “In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales. He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like a revolutionario like Simon Bolivar or Pacho Villa. He watched out for the little people but with a lot of bravado and a weakness for the ladies. I’m really excited to be bringing this character to the big screen. And besides being Mexican— my full name is Eugenio Derbez Gonzalez and I have big ears. The casting couldn’t be better.”
Stay tuned for more updates on Speedy as we have them.