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All aboard for new Thomas and Friends feature film Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure

New friends introduced to mark anniversary year voiced by all-star talent Eddie Redmayne, John Hurt, and Jamie Campbell Bower

HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment producers and a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has today announced the latest CGI feature length Thomas & Friends special Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure which is set for release on DVD this autumn.

Under the direction of the executive producer Christopher Keenan, the hour-long film Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure is a spectacular new adventure that takes Thomas to a new part of Sodor and on a curious quest that introduces a host of new characters; and the stellar voice cast bringing them to life. New engine Ryan will be voiced by Eddie Redmayne (right, The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables, Elizabeth I), while John Hurt (Harry Potter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will assume the part of Sailor John and Jamie Campbell Bower (Harry Potter, Twilight) will voice trusted sail boat Skiff.

Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne commented: “I grew up loving to watch Thomas and his pals getting caught up in unexpected and mischievous adventures. I jumped at the opportunity to get involved and what fun it was! I have never voiced an animated character before, and I had a complete blast.”

Actor John Hurt, who plays Sailor John, explained: "I remember watching Thomas the Tank Engine with my children when they were young and I'm delighted that it continues to appeal to each successive generation. I enjoy working vocally and have voiced many animated characters. Sailor John was something of a departure from what I usually do and a lot of fun to play as you can see from the pictures."

Voice of Skiff, Jamie Campbell Bower, added: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this project. I grew up with Thomas & Friends so it’s been really exciting to be able to get involved in this new feature special and voice the character of Skiff. It is a great show to be involved in and incredibly fun to record. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first animation and I look forward to everyone seeing the end result.”

It’s a big year for content and also for the brand as in 2015; Thomas & Friends celebrates 70 years of friendship with a year-long programme of friendship-themed activity around the world.

Christopher Keenan, theVP Global Content & Executive Producer, HIT Entertainment said: “Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure is an epic story of friendship, betrayal and, ultimately, loyalty where Thomas is at the centre of the action. We’re introducing a whole host of exciting new characters, which is one of the great joys of writing for Thomas & Friends.

“We have introduced a wide variety of friends over the years and look forward to the audience’s reaction to these unique characters.”

The announcement of the Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure’s stellar voice cast kicks off a big year for content and also for the brand in 2015 as Thomas & Friends celebrates its 70th anniversary with a year-long programme of friendship-themed activity around the world.

Drayton Manor has expanded Thomas Land by 40 per cent to include three new rides as well as other attractions, and will reopen on 3 April. In addition, HIT Entertainment will release the CG animated feature Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins, sharing the untold story of when Thomas the Tank Engine first came to the Island of Sodor (on DVD this summer).

An extra special VIP birthday party is taking place in central London where guests will see rare Thomas memorabilia spanning his 70-year career and get to meet Thomas himself alongside some of his friends.

Thomas & Friends special Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure will roll out globally through 2015. For the latest news, visit the all new Thomas & Friends website.

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