Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson Join Animated “Lego” Voice Cast

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Lego: The Piece of Resistance

Lego: The Piece of Resistance

Will Fer­rell, Liam Nee­son, Nick Offer­man and Ali­son Brie are the lat­est stars to sign on for the new fea­ture film adven­ture Lego: The Piece of Resis­tance, Warner Bros. Pic­tures announced.

The four will join Chris Pratt, Eliz­a­beth Banks, Will Arnett and Mor­gan Free­man in voic­ing char­ac­ters for the upcom­ing orig­i­nal 3D ani­mated film, set for a Feb­ru­ary 7, 2014 release from Warner Bros. Pic­tures and Vil­lage Road­show Pic­tures. The movie is cur­rently in production.

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.

Fer­rell (The Cam­paign) stars as the voice of Emmet’s pri­mary adver­sary, Pres­i­dent Busi­ness, an eru­dite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time bal­anc­ing world dom­i­na­tion with micro-managing his own life. Nee­son (Taken and Taken 2, Oscar nom­i­nee for Schindler’s List) stars as the voice of the president’s pow­er­ful hench­man, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at noth­ing to catch Emmet.

Offer­man (NBC’s Parks and Recre­ation) takes on the role of a craggy, swag­ger­ing pirate obsessed with revenge on Pres­i­dent Busi­ness, and Brie (NBC’s Com­mu­nity) plays a sweet, lov­able mem­ber of Emmet’s team with a pow­er­ful secret. Pratt (Mon­ey­ball) stars as the voice of Emmet.

Oscar win­ner Free­man (Mil­lion Dol­lar Baby) and 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. Lucy also calls upon the mys­te­ri­ous Bat­man, a Lego minifig­ure voiced by Arnett (Emmy nom­i­nee, 30 Rock), with whom she shares a history.

Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller (21 Jump Street, Golden Globe nom­i­nee for Cloudy with a Chance of Meat­balls) are direct­ing from their orig­i­nal screen­play, story by Dan Hage­man, Kevin Hage­man, Lord and Miller, based on Lego con­struc­tion toys. 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.

The film will be pro­duced by Dan Lin (Sher­lock Holmes, Sher­lock Holmes: A Game of Shad­ows) and Roy Lee (The Departed, How to Train Your Dragon). It will be dis­trib­uted by Warner Bros. Pic­tures, and in select ter­ri­to­ries by Vil­lage Road­show Pictures.

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