Karen Gillan to Star in Film Adaptation of Call of the Wild

Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond in Doctor Who regularly between 2010 and 2012, will star in the movie adaptation of The Call of the Wild, directed by Chris Sanders (The Croods).

The film is a mix of live action and CGI, and begins production later this month (September 2019), ready for cinematic release in early 2020 – yep, that’s a very fast turnaround! We do expect some delays…

Gillan plays one of the antagonists, Mercedes, married to Hal, who is due to be played by Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast). The film also stars Harrison Ford (Star Wars) as John Thornton, Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) as Judge Miller, and Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in an undisclosed role.

The movie is based on the classic Jack London novel, released in 1903, set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush. The main character is Buck, a domesticated dog kidnapped and forced to pull a sled, who learns to survive the cruelties of mankind then of the wilderness.

The book was previously adapted in 1935, starring Clark Gable, and 1972, with Charlton Heston.

The Call of the Wild is currently in pre-production, but is due to be screened in cinemas across the USA in February 2020. With such a strong cast, we expect it to be released internationally shortly after.