Rosamund Pike to voice Lady Penelope in new ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series

Meanwhile, 83-year-old David Graham will reprise his role as Parker from the original '60s TV series

The World’s End actress Rosamund Pike is to play Lady Penelope in the new Thunderbirds TV series.

The remake, titled Thunderbirds Are Go!, will feature a mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets. It is being made by ITV in collaboration with Weta Workshop, the renowned New Zealand special effects studio that worked on Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit.

Joining Pike on the voice cast is 83-year-old David Graham, who reprises his role from the original 1960s TV series as Lady Penelope’s chauffeur Parker. Other actors to have signed up for voice roles include Game Of Thrones‘ Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Lead Balloon‘s Rasmus Hardiker, who will each play two of the Tracy brothers.

Thunderbirds Are Go! is set to debut on ITV in 2015. Pike said in a statement: “I’m very excited to bring Lady Penelope’s wry wit and taste for adventure to a new generation. Exploring the scenes with David Graham has been an absolute delight. The scripts are very modern, very fresh and very funny. We’re all eagerly anticipating our next stint in the recording studio!”

Created by the late Gerry Anderson, the original puppet Thunderbirds series ran for 32 episodes in 1965 and 1966. A live-action film version was released in 2004 but flopped at the box office. Anderson later dismissed it as “the biggest load of crap I have ever seen in my life”.