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Alan Rickman to provide voice for Hitchhiker's Guide
[from Planet Magrathea]
Garth Jennings has just confirmed two amazing bits of casting in a mini-interview on BBC Radio 1. The voice of Marvin will be Alan Rickman and Bill Bailey will play the whale in the new movie version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Alan Rickman is a highly regarded actor whose notable recent movies have included Dogma (directed by Hitchhiker's Guide fan Kevin Smith), Galaxy Quest (alongside Sam Rockwell) and the Harry Potter films. Garth did say that Rickman's contract wasn't signed yet but this interview was almost certainly taped befire Christmas and it would not have gone out if Rickman wasn't locked down for the role.
Bill Bailey will be well-known to British comedy fans through his role in the award-winning sitcom Black Books and his position as a team captain on the game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, though he is less well-known outside the UK. He has a reputation as a big science fiction fan and does a remarkable Klingon impression.
Published January 7, 2005