Released this week on Apple TV+, Skydance Animation’s first full length feature comes with a large portion of built-in luck – and it’s not confined to the title. Luckhas a stellar voice cast, including two Oscar winning legends and a British national treasure, as well as taking us on a colourful fantasy ride to solve the mystery of where luck – both good and bad – comes from.
Jane Fonda and Whoopi Goldberg join forces with Simon Pegg in the story of Sam, who describes herself as the “unluckiest person in the world”. Stumbling across a lucky penny changes everything for the better, but it’s short lived: she loses the coin and goes on a frantic hunt, with help from a black cat called Bob, in the Land Of Luck where a team of leprechauns under the leadership of a glamorous dragon manipulate the fortunes of the human race.
We sat down with several members of the cast, including Hollywood legend Jane Fonda, who provides the voice of the wonderfully-named Babe, the dragon. They talked about why she loves voice acting – “You can have a bad hair day,or a zit on your face. You’re just the voice! – the reasons behind her long-lasting career and an especially memorable encounter with the formidable Katharine Hepburn. Whoopi Goldberg, who plays the captain of the leprechauns, reflects on her character’s relationship in the film with Bob the cat (Simon Pegg) and how she gets on with own cat – “She lets me stay.” She looks forward to reprising her role of Deloris in the forthcoming Sister Act 3. She’s hoping she gets to embrace Maggie Smith again.
Playing Sam is Eva Noblezada. It’s her first lead role and the film is also her first animated feature. Unlike her character, Sam, she believes she’s lucky, especially when it comes to the people in her life and the career she’s been able to pursue. And Flula Borg, who provides the voice of lovesick unicorn, Jeff, thinks his role is much more grounded that the ones he usually plays – including Javelin in last year’s The SuicideSquad. Yet, with a huge track record in comedy, he openly admits “I don’t really understand humour!”
Luck launches on Apple TV+ on 5 August.
Luck Cast Interviews