“Nimona” arrives on Netflix, starring Riz Ahmed and Chloe Grace Moretz

The film was originally meant to be a Disney feature, until the Hollywood giant decided to back out in 2021, much to the disappointment of fans of the graphic novel “Nimona” by N.D. Stevenson, which the film was based on.

“Nimona” arrives on Netflix, starring Riz Ahmed and Chloe Grace Moretz
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Nimona,” a new animated film starring Chloe Grace Moretz as the titular Nimona, has arrived on Netflix. The film follows Nimona as she seeks out a job as a sidekick for a villain and finds the perfect candidate: Ballister Boldheart (Riz Ahmed), a former knight now labeled a criminal. 

Nimona is what everyone would call a monster: the trailer shows her shapeshifting joyfully into a whale, gorilla, a rhinoceros and several other animals. Similarly, Boldheart is labeled to the public as a criminal, and even the man he is in love with, Ambrosius Goldenloin (Eugene Lee Yang), believes he did what he was framed for. 

The film was originally meant to be a Disney feature, until the Hollywood giant decided to back out in 2021, much to the disappointment of fans of the graphic novel “Nimona” by N.D. Stevenson, which the film was based on. After Disney acquired Fox in 2019, the film was in production at Blue Sky Studios (responsible for the Ice Age franchise), but Disney shut down Blue Sky Studios in 2021, effectively canceling “Nimona” among other projects in development. “Nimona” would have been Disney’s first feature-length film to openly feature a same-sex love story. About a year after Disney closed Blue Sky Studios, Annapurna Pictures picked up the project for Netflix, with Nick Bruno and Troy Quane directing. 

The film promises a fun-filled adventure that focuses on challenging the status quo in a futuristic world. 

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