Bridgerton star Simone Ashley is set to star in the upcoming animated film, 10 Lives. In addition to Ashley, the film’s voice cast also includes Zayn Malik, Mo Gilligan, Sophie Okonedo, Bill Nighy, and Jeremy Swift. Taost Entertainment, a London-based media production startup, has obtained Chinese distribution rights to the star-studded animated feature 10 Lives.
The deal is part of Taost Entertainment’s plan to expand East. Apart from picking up 10 Lives, the startup is building a Web 3 platform that allows members to post, browse, vote, and engage with animation projects. The company will launch a closed beta at this year’s Annecy Animation Festival if reports are to be believed.
The film tells the story of Beckett, a pampered and selfish cat who has taken the lives he’s been dealt for granted. After carelessly losing his ninth life, he begs to be given a second chance and an opportunity to show he can learn from his mistakes. Eventually, his wish is granted, but with certain stipulations.
Chris Jenkins (Duck Duck Goose) is directing the film while Guy Collins and Sean Feeney are producing for 10 Lives Productions, alongside Martin Metz and Adrian Politowski for film production and financing company Align, Yann Zenou for Quad, Valérie d’Auteuil and André Rouleau for Caramel Films, and Louis-Philippe Vermette for The Happy Producers. Casting is by Robyn Klein and Jeremy Ross. The animation studio is L’Atelier Animation in Montreal.
The film is waiting to receive approval from censors.