'Star Trek' actor George Takei to voice panda in BBC's animated series

Los Angeles, Dec 2 (PTI) 'Star Trek' actor George Takei is set to voice a panda in BBC's animated kids series 'Love Monster'.

According to Deadline, Takei will voice Elder Panda in the preschool series.

The show is co-produced by British public broacaster's kids' channel CBeebies, Boat Rocker Studios, and China's UYoung.

The 54-part series is based on Rachel Bright's 'Love Monster' books.

It will air in January 2020.

The story follows lightly hairy Love Monster who is trying to be a part of the Fluffytown -- a world of cute baby animals. But for a googly-eyed monster like him, it becomes hard to fit in the world of cuddly animals.

'Love Monster celebrates inclusive behaviour and collaboration and that’s also very much my philosophy – we find strength, joy and vitality in diversity coming together.

'I never imagined myself being a panda but I’ve always enjoyed seeing them, especially the young cubs because they’re so cute! Elder Panda is just an older version of them and is still whimsical, fun-loving and life embracing – I suppose it’s a reflection of my standing in human life,' Takei said.

The series is executive produced by Tony Reed for the BBC, Chapman Maddox for Boat Rocker and James Chen Gu for UYoung. PTI SHD SHD