By Oliver Gettell
April 04, 2016 at 08:30 PM EDT
Looneytunes.com

Speedy Gonzales is taking a run at the big screen. Warner Bros. is developing an animated movie featuring the fleet-footed Looney Tunes character, EW has confirmed.

Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez is on board to voice Speedy, the sombrero-clad rodent who was once a fixture of Saturday morning cartoons. First introduced in 1953, the character was made over by Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt into his recognizable form two years later, via a self-titled toon that won the Oscar for animated short. Mel Blanc voiced Speedy for decades.

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Derbez, who is also attached to produce alongside Ben Odell and Dylan Sellers, told Deadline he grew up watching Speedy cartoons. “He was like a superhero to us,” he said, “or maybe more like a revolutionario like Simon Bolivar or Pacho Villa.”

News of the project first surfaced late last year via the Tracking Board.

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