Javier Bardem to star in adaptation of ‘Lyle, Lyle Crocodile’

Javier Bardem.

It is a children’s book by Bernard Waber published in 1965 that in its transfer to the big screen will take the form of a musical that will mix live action and animation


The Deadline portal, one of the best-informed in Hollywood, has revealed that Javier Bardem will be the star of the big screen adaptation of ‘Lyle, Lyle Crocodile’, a children’s book by Bernard Waber published in 1965. Will Speck and Josh Gordon (‘Company party’, ‘Skid to glory’) will be the directors of the film which, in principle, will bear the same title as the book, ‘Lyle, Lyle Crocodile’. It will be a musical film that will mix real images with animation.

Sony Pictures is the studio behind this musical adaptation in which composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Oscar winners for their work on ‘La La Land’, will be responsible for the film’s soundtrack, which will feature with original songs created for the film, while the script will be signed by Will Davies. According to the publication, the film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2022.

First published in 1965, Bernard Waber’s famous children’s story, popular with American children, read in schools, tells the story of a crocodile living in a house on 88th Street in New York City. . Lyle helps the Primm family with daily chores and plays with the neighborhood children. The animal lives in peace until a neighbor insists that Lyle go to a zoo.

The two filmmakers will serve as producers on the film alongside Hutch Parker, while Dan Wilson, Kevin K. Vafi, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will serve as executive producers, and Brittany Morrissey will oversee production.

This project represents a change of record for Javier Bardem, who has played different villains in titles such as ‘No country for old men’ -film for which he won an Oscar- or in ‘Skyfall’, one of the most recent installments of the James Bond saga. Although his commitment to family cinema began with his participation in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s revenge’. Along the same lines, in addition to ‘Lyle, Lyle Crocodile’, the actor has finished filming the Disney remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’ in real image, where he plays King Triton, a film directed by Rob Marshall with Halle Bailey as Ariel, the little mermaid, who is in post-production.

The actor has pending the premieres of the remake of ‘Dune’ directed by Denis Villeneuve, which will be seen at the immediate Venice Film Festival, ‘The good patron’ by Fernando León de Aranoa, which all rumors point to as one of the bets Spaniards at the next San Sebastian Festival, and the aforementioned ‘Being the Ricardos’ by Aaron Sorkin, currently in production, which narrates an episode of the life between the 60s television star Lucille Ball (played by Nicole Kidman ) and her producer and husband Desi Arnaz Jr., who is the character played by Bardem.

In addition, everything indicates that Bardem will play Frankenstein’s monster in another remake, that of ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’, without a designated director yet or with a filming start date.