Don’t expect famed scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson to take to social media bemoaning the scientific inaccuracy of Dreamworks’ upcoming “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Not because the film, the fifth in the franchise, will hew so closely to science fact in its plot, but because Tyson has joined the movie’s voice cast, in a role made just for him.
According to Entertainment Weekly, who scored exclusive first-look images of the character, Tyson will voice Neil deBuck Weasel, an imaginary friend to Simon Pegg’s Buck, who provides scientific insight into the cataclysmic asteroid racing towards Earth and sports the Tyson’s own mustache and ‘do.
Maybe Tyson wouldn’t have had much to gripe about, anyway. Director Michael Thurmeier told EW that after Tyson was cast, he and his fellow filmmakers solicited the scientist’s advice where they could. “We were mining him for information for whatever scientific plausibility we could put into the story of mammoths stopping an asteroid,” the director said.
Tyson also lent his expertise to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” proving that he’s ready for his close-up… even if it comes with a globally destructive asteroid.
“Ice Age: Collision Course,” starring Pegg, Tyson, Adam DeVine, Ray Romano, Melissa Rauch, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, and Nick Offerman, hits theaters July 22.
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