March 25, 2010 / 12:37 AM / 9 years ago

Fred Figglehorn fast-talks his way into movie role

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Internet sensation Fred Figglehorn has fast-talked his way into the hearts of children globally and now he’s about to impose his anger and tantrums on a new audience, starring in his own television movie.

Cable TV network Nickelodeon will release “Fred: The Movie” later this year after seeing the huge popularity of the character created and voiced by teenager Lucas Cruikshank.

Fred, with his fast, high-pitched voice, arrived on the video-sharing website YouTube in 2008, becoming the fastest-growing channel in YouTube history as he ranted about his dysfunctional family and other daily issues.

Nickelodeon said the film would center on Fred’s latest adventures in trying to win over his unrequited love Judy, which is one of the themes in Fred’s YouTube videos that have received more than 500 million views.

“Fred is a mega-star with our audience, and when Lucas’s guest appearance on iCarly’s ‘iMeet Fred’ last year drew such big numbers, we knew Nickelodeon was the perfect home for his first-ever movie,” Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon/MTV Networks’s Kids and Family Group, said is a statement.

One of the film’s producers, Brian Robbins, said the popularity and reach of Fred was undeniable.

“His Internet success shows that audiences are always hungry for new and innovative entertainment,” said Robbins. “This movie is a great new dimension to Lucas’s amazing character.”

“Fred: The Movie” will star Cruikshank in the title role and feature iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy as Bertha, WWE’s John Cena as Fred’s dad and Siobhan Fallon as his mother. Fred’s long-time crush, Judy, is played by British teen Pixie Lott.

In the film, Judy has moved away and Fred embarks on a journey to find her. When he does, he’s devastated to find that he has not been invited to her party.

Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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