Exclusive: 'Smurfs' casting scoop: Hank Azaria to voice Gargamel; Katy Perry takes Smurfette
This Smurfs movie is coming together quickly — and with some top-notch voice talent to boot. Sources tell EW.com that Hank Azaria — best known for the numerous hilarious characters he voices on The Simpsons, like Moe the bartender and Apu the Kwik-E-Mart owner — will lend his voice to the character of Gargamel, the evil sorcerer and arch-nemesis of the Smurfs.
Furthermore, pop star Katy Perry will voice Smurfette, while George Lopez and Alan Cumming will play two of the other little blue guys. EW.com has also learned that Jayma Mays, who plays guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury on Glee, will play the pregnant wife to Neil Patrick Harris’ character. Sony Pictures declined to comment. The film, directed by Raja Gosnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), centers on the happy expectant couple’s lives being turned upside-down upon meeting these blue creatures. The movie will take place in New York City’s Central Park and is set to begin production next month.