Though the Justice League movie is still a long way away, it won’t be too long before we see Batman and Superman share the big screen. It’ll just be in a sort of unconventional way. Warner Bros. has signed some cast members for their hybrid live-action/animated LEGO movie, now called Lego: The Piece of Resistance, which is directed by 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Read on to find out who has been cast so far, plus a lot more about the film’s storyline.
Variety reports that “Parks and Recreation” star Chris Pratt is set to provide the voice for the film’s lead character.
Pratt will play Emmet, an ordinary, law-abiding, Lego mini-figure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary MasterBuilder. He’s drafted into a fellowship of strangers on a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together.
In addition, Will Arnett is taking over the Bat-mantle from Christian Bale and voicing the part of Lego Batman, which – knowing Arnett’s deep and raspy voice – I can already tell is going to be hilarious. The filmmakers are talking to 21 Jump Street star Channing Tatum about voicing Lego Superman, but Tatum has yet to commit to the project, considering he’s got a very busy schedule. Hopefully that goes through, though, since it’s only right that he works again with the guys who gave his career a comedic boost and made him a lot more accessible to a wider audience (myself included).
The trade also points out that “Robot Chicken” director Chris McKay was brought on as co-director alongside Lord and Miller, which is strange and sort of troubling news. I mean, I like “Robot Chicken” as much as the next guy, but I don’t want Lord and Miller’s style to be cramped by having too many cooks in the kitchen. It seems like a really ambitious project, and 80% of the movie will involve some form of animation, but Lord and Miller are easily capable of handling that considering their work on the excellent and underrated Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.
Either way, we’ve got a lot of waiting to do for this one, since it’s not set to come out until February 28th, 2014.