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Miles Teller jumps aboard The Ark and the Aardvark

Actor Miles Teller is diving into the world of animation after signing on to lend his voice to a new Noah's Ark tale.

The Whiplash star, 29, will lead the cast in The Ark and the Aardvark, which will chronicle the Biblical flood story from the point of view of the animals.


Miles will voice the lead character of Gilbert, an outcast aardvark who reluctantly becomes the leader of a group of misfits desperate to make it on to Noah's Ark, according to Deadline.com.


The Ark and the Aardvark will be directed by Kung Fu Panda filmmaker John Stevenson, with Cecil Kramer serving as an executive producer on the project. Kramer previously produced the Oscar-winning 2005 film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit.


"Gilbert is young, spirited, sarcastic, and we couldn't have found a more perfect artist to bring Gilbert to life in Miles," declares Stevenson.


Producer Keith Kjarval adds, "Miles is an exceptionally talented and comically gifted young man who's perfect for our hero Gilbert."


The new role will give Teller more of an opportunity to flex his comedy muscles, after featuring in a series of dramas.


In addition to the critically-acclaimed Whiplash, he is also known for his work in the Divergent series, while he recently starred in the Fantastic Four reboot, and appeared alongside Jonah Hill in War Dogs, a dramatic comedy about two childhood friends who become international arms dealers and land a government contract to supply weapons for troops in Afghanistan.