Wallace and Gromit confirms new Wallace voice actor (2024)

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A new star is taking over the role from the late Peter Sallis.

By Emma Tinson

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Wallace and Gromit are set to make a comeback in two years' time, with a new comical adventure being released on the BBC and Netflix.

The treasured Aardman claymation characters have been away for several years, after Wallace voice actor Peter Sallis retired from the role in 2010 and later passed away in 2017.

However, with a new short film planned for 2024, another actor has now been cast as the iconic character.

The official Wallace and Gromit Instagram account confirmed the news to fans, announcing that Ben Whitehead would be voicing Wallace in the upcoming project.

The Instagram post read: "We’re delighted to announce that Ben Whitehead will play Wallace in the upcoming VR adventure 'The Grand Getaway' as well as the new Wallace & Gromit film, coming to screens in 2024.

"We were touched to see from the many comments shared about the film that Peter Sallis, the original voice of Wallace, holds a very special place in your hearts; we're happy that Ben will uphold Peter's wonderful legacy by bringing Wallace's unique charm to an exciting new chapter for the duo.

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"For those of you that may not know, Ben has had lots of preparation and experience for this film role; in fact, he has voiced Wallace in a number of projects since 2005, inhabiting the part of Wallace just as Peter would have wanted, and honouring the memory of a special person who will always remain at the heart of the Wallace & Gromit story," the post concluded.

The upcoming Wallace and Gromit film is yet to receive an official title, but fans can expect it to premiere on Netflix at some point in 2024.

It's set to be the first major instalment in the Wallace and Gromit series since 2008's A Matter of Loaf and Death.

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