''Garfield'' filmmakers: Bill Murray is purr-fect. He'll voice the comic-strip cat in a live-action/CGI movie

By Gary Susman
Updated May 29, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Bill Murray, who lived the same day over and over again in ”Groundhog Day,” will now have nine lives. Variety reports that he’s been cast as the voice of the title cat in ”Garfield,” a live-action/CGI film adaptation of the popular comic strip. The 20th Century Fox feature, currently in production, costars ”Road Trip”’s Breckin Meyer as the lasagna-loving feline’s nerdy owner, Jon Arbuckle.

Jim Davis’ comic, which turns 25 next month, is syndicated in 2,570 newspapers in 111 countries. It was also the source for the long-running TV cartoon, with Garfield voiced by the late Lorenzo Music, the actor who became famous as the unseen Carlton the Doorman on ”Rhoda.” Murray himself has been unseen on screen since 2001’s ”The Royal Tenenbaums” (he handed over the role of Bosley in next month’s ”Charlie’s Angels” sequel to Bernie Mac), though he’ll appear in September in Sofia Coppola’s ”Lost in Translation.”


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