We’ve finally got some concrete casting news for the LEGO film set to be directed by Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Now, thanks to info from Village Roadshow Pictures and Warner Bros. four names have been confirmed the for film, and they are; Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt and Morgan Freeman.
We reported back in June that Lord and Miller were directing, and the film was initially titled LEGO: The Piece of Resistance, but that seems to have been abandoned for now, as the film is just being referred to as the 3D animated LEGO film.
Now, it’s all very well creating a LEGO film, but what about the plot? Actually, glad you asked. According to /Film, LEGO follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Pratt is playing Emmet, whereas Freeman and Banks are two of Emmet’s fellow travelers, Vitruvius, an old mystic; and tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest. Interestingly, Will Arnett will indeed voice Batman, with whom Lucy shares a history. So, we can look forward to seeing Batman in LEGO form pretty soon, then. Excited yet?
Lord & Miller also wrote the story, based on an idea they worked on with Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman. The official info also confirms: “The film will incorporate some of the most popular LEGO figures while introducing several new characters, inviting fans who have enjoyed the brand’s innovative toys and hugely popular video games for generations to experience their visually unique LEGO world as never seen before.”
So, just think of this as a giant ad for LEGO, hopefully with plenty fun attached. Well, with Lord and Miller involved it might also be quite entertaining. LEGO is set to open on February 28, 2014.
What do you think of the latest LEGO casting news?