Okay, are you now excited for the Lego movie? I’ve been in Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s camp since some of their crazy plans came to light in March, but, following this new announcement, I think much of the negativity is going to dissipate entirely. If not? I don’t know what they could do to appease you people.
Anyway. Variety have learned that their film — co-directed with Chris McKay and titled Lego: The Piece of Resistance — has snagged Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Moneyball) and Will Arnett, while Lord & Miller‘s 21 Jump Street star, Channing Tatum, is being pursued; the second and third of them would play Batman and Superman, respectively.
Pratt is locked to embody our main hero, Emmet, “an ordinary, law-abiding, Lego mini-figure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary MasterBuilder.” With this handy skill thought to be at his disposal, higher forces have corralled Emmet into joining a group that band (snap?) together in the hopes of stopping “an evil tyrant” planning to glue the universe together.
The inclusion of Batman and Superman isn’t a huge surprise, actually, given their earlier promise that “some IP characters” with Lego ties would fit into the story — but, regardless, the slightly-expected nature of this reveal doesn’t stop my inner childhood geek from being happy. Then we have Arnett taking on Batman, and Arrested Development flashbacks help me realize what he’d do with the character’s voice alone — in short: great stuff — and, of course, Tatum possibly playing the man in red tights. In remembering how Lord and Miller got him to embrace a comedic side in 21 Jump Street, I’m fully behind the notion.
And don’t forget the possibilities of who else might show up — Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones, to just think of a few. Crap. I really want to see a movie centered on toys.
February 24th, 2014.
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