Exclusive: Chris Evans Is The New Cat In The Hat

We've learned that Chris Evans will voice the Cat in the Hat in a movie from Warner Bros. Animation.

By Michileen Martin | Published

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Lightyear may not have worked out well for anyone involved, but you can’t keep a good Captain America down. Our trusted and proven sources tell us that rather than give up voicing animated movies for good, Chris Evans has signed on to be the voice of the beloved Dr. Seuss character, The Cat in the Hat. The movie comes from Warner Bros. Animation and will adapt the beloved illustrated book The Cat in the Hat.

This is some of the only news we’ve heard about animated film since The Hollywood Reporter broke the news in 2018 that Warner had acquired the film rights through a deal with Dr. Seuss Enterprises. At the time it was reported that Warner planned to produce not one film, but a series of animated features. We wouldn’t be surprised if Chris Evans‘ contract with Warner Bros. Animation is part of a multi-film deal.

After 2012’s The Lorax proved to be a hit, Universal and Illumination announced plans to produce a similar adaptation of The Cat in the Hat. But those plans were scrapped once Warner Bros. acquired the rights.

Mike Myers in The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Particularly after the sting of Lightyear‘s failure, Chris Evans is likely crossing his fingers that his version of The Cat in the Hat fares better than the last film that carried the name. Hoping to reproduce the success they found with Jim Carrey as the titular lead of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, three years later Universal released a live-action The Cat in the Hat with Mike Myers playing the title feline. Unfortunately, the film was a critical and commercial bomb, and the studio canceled all plans for a sequel.

Depending on how much he cares about the critics, Chris Evan could very well be missing the good ol’ days of spinning shields at bad guys. Both The Gray Man and Ghosted released straight to streaming platforms and so didn’t need to worry about ticket sales, but they proved to be two of the most critically panned films in Evans’ career. Meanwhile Lightyear was the first in a growing list of Disney animated films that left the studio’s coffers shrinking.

The character Chris Evans will voice for Warner Bros. Animation was introduced in the 1957 children’s book The Cat in the Hat, written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. The book tells the story of a brother, sister, and their pet fish bored on a rainy day when the eponymous cat shows up to entertain them.