Update: Along with confirming Freeman and Banks, Warner Bros. have released this official rundown:
“The film, the first-ever full length theatrical LEGO movie, 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.
Chris Pratt (“Moneyball”) stars as Emmet. Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) and Elizabeth Banks (“The Hunger Games,” Emmy nominee for “30 Rock”), will star as 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. She also calls upon the mysterious Batman, a LEGO® minifigure voiced by Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, “30 Rock”), with whom she shares a history.”
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Lego: The Piece of Resistance is, appropriately, assembling itself at a careful pace. Two months after some big names flew in, Deadline reports that Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks have been signed and put in league with Chris Pratt and Will Arnett; Channing Tatum, the directing duo’s 21 Jump Street star, was once in the running to voice Superman, yet some have indicated that he’s moved on. It simply wasn’t meant to be, but we still expect those other two — no bad choices themselves — to voice the main protagonist and Batman, respectively.
Morgan Freeman isn’t done with The Dark Knight, then. He’ll be voicing Vitruvius, an amalgamation of Gandalf and Mr. Magoo (no idea how that might work), while Banks is Lisa, the “bad-ass ex-[girlfriend]” to Pratt‘s character, an ordinary citizen named Emmet who is presumed to be “the most extraordinary MasterBuilder.” Because of this, freedom fighters recruit the blocky hero to help lead the campaign against “an evil tyrant” who has ambitions to glue the universe together.
Silly, sure, and based on a corporate product, yet expressed ambitions on the parts of Lord and Miller — speaking in terms of story and animation design — don’t have my cynical side acting up in any way. (Their last effort, possibly the year’s funniest movie, also helps matters.) With another two promising voices now in the fray, Lego: The Piece of Resistance, against almost all odds or reason, has a real chance of turning out well. Really.
The film will open on February 28th, 2014.
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