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Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion gets English release

After entertaining international audiences to the tune of a $45 million box office, the second CG-animated film inspired by the French Asterix comics by Goscinny and Uderzo is ready for its English-language debut. A followup to 2014’s The Mansions of the Gods, The Secret of the Magic Potion opened last December in France.

In Australia and New Zealand, Icon Film Distribution will release the film on May 30th. Here’s the English trailer and a plot synopsis:

On the 60th anniversary of the much-adored comic book series, Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gaul looking for a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion – a formula which has long helped to keep the Gaulish village safe against Julius Cesar and his invading army. However, once Asterix and Obelix begin their quest, all hell breaks loose at home as the Romans start attacking the village, and an evil wizard named Sulfurix does everything he can to steal the potion’s secret recipe.

Much of the creative staff behind Mansions returned for Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion. The feature was again directed by Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier, with the latter also serving as script writer. Philippe Romb returned to compose the score. Animation duties were handled by
Mikros Image Group.

The English cast for the film hasn’t been formally revealed, though Canadian voice actors C. Ernst Harth and Jason Simpson have confirmed their involvement. Harth played Obelix in Mansions and has returned for this film. Simpson is back as Somniferus and Unhygienix.

Since the character’s introduction in 1959, Asterix has starred in ten animated films, as well as a quartet of live-action films. The franchise is gearing up for its small screen premiere. Obelix’s pet, Dogmatix, will be the lead in a 52 episode x 11-minute CG-animated television series due out in 2020. Titled Idéfix et les irréductibles in French and led by Charles Vaucelle, the show is set to be produced by Futurikon and Asterix rights owner Editions Albert René (through their Studio 58 division) for France Television.

Where Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion heads next is anyone’s guess. Mansions also saw releases in Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom (with a slight re-dub featuring local celebrities), among other places.

Unfortunately, the franchise doesn’t have the best history in the United States. If you’re a fan interested in this, you might be best off waiting for the Canadian home video release. eOne Films released Secret of the Magic Potion in Quebec theatrically earlier this year and will likely include English materials in the disc version. All Canadian Blu-Rays and DVDs will play on a U.S. player without issue.

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