Michael Pena joins 'Tom & Jerry' movie; all set to play antagonist


 Actor Michael Pena will play the antagonist in Warner Bros live-action/aminated take on the classic cartoon, Tom & Jerry. It will be directed by Tim Story. 

Michael has joined previously announced star Chloe Grace Moretz, who will lead the film as Kayla, a new hire at an elegant Park Hotel where Jerry is staying. Worried for her job, she hires a broke alley cat, Tom, to get rid of the mouse, reports deadline.com. Micheal's character, Terrance, is the Deputy General Manager of the hotel. A bit of bully, he hires Kayla as a temporary hire only to end up pitted against her and Tom/ Jerry once she starts impressing upper management.

Michael Pena (left) and Chloe Grace Mortez (left) 

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The slapstick cat-and-mouse antics of Tom & Jerry have been around since 1940 when they were introduced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Between 1940 and 1958, the original Tom & Jerry series yielded 114 shorts and won seven Oscars in the animated short category. Television franchises, more shorts and a 1992 feature film, Tom & Jerry: The Movie would follow over the decades.

Tom & Jerry will hit theatres on April 16, 2021.