The Lord Of The Rings co-stars SIR Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are reuniting for an animated film about a pampered rat.

McKellen will voice FLUSHED AWAY's villain frog, while Serkis will play his sidekick SPIKE in the movie about a rodent who is accidentally flushed from a penthouse into the London sewers.

A spokesperson for film company AARDMAN ANIMATIONS says, "The film, which will be a collaboration between us and Dreamworks, has the best animators in the business coming together with an already fantastic cast."

As for hopes Hugh Jackman will play the rat, the spokesperson adds, "Hugh would be the icing on the cake if he agrees and we understand he is keen, but he is having to juggle his schedule."

27/08/2004 14:17