The upcoming BBC adaption of the children’s classic “Watership Down” ain’t no fluffy tale.
Voiced by John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Colman, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Kaluuya, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chan, Peter Capaldi and Taron Egerton, this daring band of bunnies must join together to battle dark forces in order to survive.
The four-part BBC series follows a group of rabbits who flee their warren to escape destruction. On their journey to find a new home, they face vicious predators predicted by terrifying visions from an all-seeing seer named Fiver (Hoult).
“All the world will be your enemy,” one rabbit warns in the first trailer released Tuesday. “And when they catch you, they will kill you — but first, they must catch you.”
“This isn’t about cute rabbits,” Boyega, who voices Bigwig, warned on Instagram last week. “It’s kind of messed up.”
Based on the 1972 novel by Richard Adams, “Watership Down” will premiere on BBC One in the U.K. on Dec. 22 and will be released on Netflix the same day.
It was previously brought to the big screen in the 1978 animated film starring John Hurt, Richard Briers, Harry Andrews, Simon Cadell, Nigel Hawthorne and Roy Kinnear. The film featured the song “Bright Eyes” performed by Art Garfunkel, which went on to be a No. 1 hit.
The new adaptation was written by Tom Bidwell and directed by Noam Murro. It is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix and produced by 42 and Murro’s Biscuit Films.
Watch the trailer above.