‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ Team on Bringing Children’s Novel to Life – The Hollywood Reporter

The Lyle, Lyle, crocodile The team celebrated the world premiere of the children’s novel-turned-film in New York City on Sunday.

Stars Constance Wu, Shawn Mendes, Igo Nwodim, Scoot McNairy and newcomers Winslow Fegley and Lyric Heard, as well as the film’s director and producer, took to the black and white carpet to talk about their live-action project.

“It’s such an amazing story,” said producer Hutch Parker The Hollywood Reporter. “I mean, it’s a love book, but it’s really Lyle’s kind spirit that makes it so special. And it felt like the right time to tell that kind of story. We like to say that everyone needs a little Lyle in their life, and I think that’s really true.

Lyle, Lyle, crocodile McNairy and Wu follow Mr. and Mrs. Prim, respectively, who recently moved to New York as their young son Josh (Fegley) struggles to adjust to his new surroundings and make friends. When he meets Lyle, a singing crocodile who loves caviar and baths, everything changes – until the Prims’ evil neighbor Mr. Grumps (Brett Gelman) threatens Lyle’s existence.

Parker believes directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon were a big draw for the cast, and once they all came together, everyone hit it off seamlessly.

“Constance is amazing,” Parker said. “Javier [Bardem, who also stars in the movie,] Great. He is a legend of sorts. So it’s exciting and remarkable to watch what they face. He has never sung or danced in a film like this. I mean, it was a huge undertaking and it was very unusual to see him do his job.

Mendes voices the crocodile, one of the first major film roles of his career. The pop star has also penned some original songs Lyle, Lyle, crocodile.

“Shawn is remarkable because it’s so different for him,” Parker explained. “It’s a very different process. You spend a lot of time trying to understand the way the songs work theatrically, but they were natural. They were great.”…

McNairy was inspired to work with such talented actors, especially Bardem.

“Javier is so talented and so much fun to be around, so incredibly happy,” she said. “But all the things he adds to it, it’s really fascinating to see someone you admire so much work.” McNairy said he wants to be able to work on a project that his kids can watch, so they can see what their dad does, instead of hearing about it. He hoped the children would see Lyle, Lyle, crocodile Leave the theater feeling confident and knowing they can overcome their fears.

As for Wu, she feels the film, as well as her upcoming memoir Making a sceneare depictions of her authentic self.

“I’m really relieved to have what I feel is a really authentic image of myself in public,” she said. THR In his two latest releases. “I’m really happy to have a musical because it’s a reflection of my true self because I’m a musical theater nerd. I always have been.”

When it comes Making a sceneWu hopes it will help readers work with more empathy and curiosity about people instead of jumping to their own conclusions.

“I say something in the introduction where I say, ‘Instead of thinking of someone as a girl, instead of making a scene, think of the scenes that made the girl,’ and what that means is that it’s important to stop our judgment. And instead think about what the circumstances were that led to someone’s expression in that particular moment. Engage our empathy and curiosity about

Lyle, Lyle, crocodile Hits theaters on October 7.

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