She’s known for playing dauntless Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, and now Maisie Williams says her character in new movement film Early Man is another atypical female part.

The performing artist voices Goona, a lady from the Bronze Age who mentors a group of cave dwellers – and ladies – to play football.

The film is the most recent offering from Aardman, which is known for Wallace and Gromit and Shaun The Sheep, and Williams says she was quick to work with the studio as a result of the way it depicts ladies.

“There’s so many animations or kids’ films where all the female characters are weirdly sexualised, and like you’re looking at these sexy fish with these huge eyes – I just find it really strange.

“Aardman have always just made real people… They make individual people and they’re still really successful movies that are really entertaining, without resorting to this really typical, boring example of what a woman should be like and what a man should be like.

“I simply believe it’s such a dirty move doing, to the point that – and what I adore about Aardman is they’ve generally quite recently treated the group of onlookers with more knowledge.”

In the film, Goona is unmistakably a superior player than a large number of the men praised for their gifts on the pitch – and there is nothing unexpected from the Stone Age group that a lady has been gotten to help mentor them.

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