The first trailer for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile features Shawn Mendes lending his voice to the singing crocodile.
The film is based on the children’s book “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” by Bernard Waber. It centers around the anthropomorphic croc Lyle’s adventure through the Big Apple after the Primm family, played by Constance Wu, Scoot McNairy and Winslow Fegley, moves into their house on 88th Street.
The trailer begins with Stevie Wonder‘s “Sir Duke” playing loudly as Lyle sings from upstairs.
“Mom, I swear to you, he’s not dangerous,” the middle-schooler insists. “OK, yes, crocodiles can bite through bone and, yes, they have a taste for human flesh, but he’s not like that. He wears a scarf! And he can sing!”
Mendes, singing for Lyle, shows off his voice in the trailer by belting out an original song by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
“What was really amazing was that Lyle as a character only sings, so I felt really comfortable playing his character,” Mendes said about the role in a new interview with People. “I was able to do what I do best, plus I relate to his story and his character so much it felt natural.”
He added, “When I was approached to help make the music for the adaptation of such a classic book, it was a no brainer and just such a fun departure from what I am used to.”
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is slated to hit theaters nationwide sometime “in a while crocodile,” according to a tease at the end of the trailer.
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