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Harold and the Purple Crayon Live Action Movie Casts Lil Rel Howery

Lil Rel Howery plunges into the imaginary world of Harold and the purple pencil. Deadline indicates Howery will join Zacharie Levi (Shazam!) in the action movie based on the beloved children’s book of the same name. Twice Oscar-nominated director Carlos Saldanha is attached to direct.

The feature will take its story from Crockett Johnsontimeless children’s book published in 1955. An instant classic, the story follows a four-year-old boy named Harold who uses his purple pencil to shape the world around him. The original bestseller was such a hit that it spawned six follow-up stories. Editorial team David Guion and Michael Handelman, who have already worked together on the films Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Dinner for Schmucks, wrote the script for the live action feature.

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2021 has been a busy year for Howery as he starred in the comedy feature free guy, as well as buddy comedy holiday friends. Although he shines in comedic roles, Howery is no stranger to the world of drama-thriller, appearing in the hit Netflix film bird box, Jordan Pelegroundbreaking horror film get out, and Judas and the Black Messiah.


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While Howery’s role in Harold and the purple pencil has yet to be announced, one can guess that with his background, he will likely play a comedic character joining Harold on his journey. We can also expect that with Saldanha as director, the film will be a wonderful and colorful experience. In addition to his Oscar nominations for Fernando and gone mad, the animator and director has countless successes to his credit. Saldanha shaped the world of Ice Age with his directorial vision in three of the franchise’s films, including the first. He also served as a director for 20th Century Fox Animation’s Rio as well as its sequel, Rio 2.


In the past, Harold’s story was made into a thirteen-episode series for HBO, told by Sharon Stone, with Connor Matheus voicing Harold. A hit with fans and critics, the animated series earned a Daytime Emmy Award as well as an Annie Award nomination.

Judging by the world’s love for the story of Harold and the purple pencil and the ever-growing list of stars who have signed on to join the production, we have no doubt this new live-action adaptation will be a hit.


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