Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as The Bad Guys. In the new action-comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws is about to attempt their most challenging con yet—becoming model citizens. Have they got the goods to be good?

Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys—dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf (Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron, GLOW), chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson, Hot Tub Time Machine franchise), short-fused ‘muscle’ Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos, In the Heights) and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians), aka ‘Webs.’

But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal (that he has no intention of keeping) to save them all from prison; The Bad Guys will go good.

Under the tutelage of their mentor Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade, Paddington 2), an arrogant (but adorable!) guinea pig, The Bad Guys set out to fool the world that they’ve been transformed.

Along the way, though, Mr. Wolf begins to suspect that doing good for real may give him what he’s always secretly longed for, acceptance.

So when a new villain threatens the city, can Mr. Wolf persuade the rest of the gang to become … The Good Guys? The film co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lilly Singh (Bad Moms), and Emmy winner Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

Based on the blockbuster Scholastic book series by Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys is directed by Pierre Perifel (animator, the Kung Fu Panda films), making his feature directing debut.

The film is produced by Damon Ross (development executive Trolls, The Boss Baby, co-producer Nacho Libre) and Rebecca Huntley (associate producer, The Boss Baby).

The executive producers are Aaron Blabey, Ethan Cohen, and Patrick Hughes. Sam Rockwell began his career with some heavy-hitters in the drama genre, but lately, he can be found lending his voice to numerous animated projects including Bill Burr’s F Is for Family, Trolls World Tour, and The One and Only Ivan, where Rockwell voices Ivan, a gorilla trying to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Ruby as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.

“I love all those Planet of the Apes films and Jungle Book and I’ve been obsessed with King Kong since I was a little boy,» Rockwell says, speaking with Grazia of his enthusiasm for the project. Whenever I go to the zoo, I go straight to the gorillas.

When I got this job and went to meet Thea, I went to the London Zoo. So gorillas have been a theme throughout my life. I love their stoic quality.

I love that they’re loners and there’s something very tragic about them to me. When this job came around I was excited to play Ivan. He’s getting a chance in the movie to become a hero.”