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Big-Name Stars Join Cast of Upcoming Live-Action Comedy ‘Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Movie’

Hollywood’s A-listers Hugh Jackman, Emma Thompson, and Nicholas Galitzine have been confirmed for the ensemble cast of the forthcoming live-action comedy “Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Movie”. The film, set to be a thrilling blend of comedy and mystery, promises to capture the imaginations of audiences worldwide.

The film will be under the direction of animation maestro Kyle Balda, famously known for his work on “Minions: The Rise of Gru”. Balda’s directing prowess will bring to life the quirky narrative adapted from Leonie Swann’s international bestseller. The screenplay has been entrusted to none other than Craig Mazin, the creative mind behind the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Last of Us”.

In addition to Jackman and Thompson, the cast list features a plethora of talent. Nicholas Braun, who shot to fame with his role in the hit series “Succession”, joins the lineup alongside actors Molly Gordon, Hong Chau, Tosin Cole, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Conleth Hill, and Mandeep Dhillon, as reported by entertainment news outlet Deadline.

The plot centers around George Hardy, portrayed by Hugh Jackman, a shepherd with a love for his flock of sheep, which he raises solely for their wool. Every night, George spins murder mystery tales to his sheep, under the whimsical assumption that they can comprehend his stories. Unbeknownst to him, his sheep not only understand but also engage in heated debates about the narratives.

The story takes a dark turn when George Hardy is found dead under suspicious circumstances. The highly intelligent sheep, who have become adept at deciphering murder mysteries, instantly conclude that George’s demise was a murder. As they decide to investigate, they realize that solving crimes isn’t as straightforward as it seems in the stories George used to tell them.

Adding another layer to the narrative is the character of Tim Derry, played by Nicholas Braun.

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. Tim is the local police officer who has never cracked a significant case, pushing the sheep to take up the mantle of detectives as they venture beyond their pastoral home. They soon discover that the human world is far more complex and challenging than the fictional tales they have enjoyed.

The production of “Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Movie” is helmed by Lindsay Doran in collaboration with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The renowned filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller will serve as executive producers, along with Aditya Sood and Tim Wellspring, lending their production expertise to the project.

The film’s development has been met with excitement and speculation, given the star-studded cast and creative team. The combination of Balda’s directorial vision, Mazin’s screenplay adaption, and the stellar cast is expected to deliver a blend of humor, intrigue, and heartfelt moments that will resonate with a broad audience.

Fans of Leonie Swann’s book have eagerly awaited this adaptation, and with the talent involved, expectations are high. “Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Movie” has the potential to become a classic in its genre, blending the whimsical charm of talking animals with the edge-of-your-seat excitement of a detective story.

Cinema lovers and fans of the actors involved are especially looking forward to how Hugh Jackman will portray the endearing yet oblivious George Hardy, and how Emma Thompson will bring her unique flair to her as-yet-undisclosed role. The dynamic among the ensemble cast promises to be a highlight, as each actor brings their distinctive style and energy to the screen.

The movie is slated for a global theatrical release on February 20, 2026, marking it as a date to save for film enthusiasts and fans of mystery and comedy alike. As production advances, audiences can expect more details and teasers to emerge, heightening the anticipation for this intriguing and entertaining film.

Stay tuned as more updates unfold about “Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Movie”, where the charm of sheep detectives and a murder mystery collide in what is shaping up to be a must-watch cinematic event.