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.