'Lego' Movie Adds Chris Pratt, Will Arnett to Cast
Arnett is set to play a Lego version of Batman for "21 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Channing Tatum is fielding an offer to play Superman.
Chris Pratt has been cast as the lead voice in the Lego animated movie from Warner Bros. Will Arnett has nabbed a supporting role, that of a Lego version of Batman.
21 Jump Street and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the movie, which is untitled but sometimes referred to as Lego: The Piece of Resistance.
The project takes place in an animated Lego world but does have live-action components. The studio and the producers, Roy Lee and Dan Lin, are working with Australian animation house Animal Logic on the CGI.
According to the studio, Pratt is voicing Emmet, "an ordinary, law-abiding, rules-following, perfectly average Lego mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary MasterBuilder. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.”
While the movie will have its own cast and characters, it also will feature several cameos of known characters that are already well-established in the Lego brand.
Lego has a deal with DC for a line of toys, and Batman and Superman appear in the film. The studio has an offer out to Channing Tatum for Superman, but it was unclear if the busy actor can fit the movie into his schedule.
Other characters to watch out for are Yoda and Indiana Jones.
Pratt is one of the stars of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He appeared in Moneyball and will next be seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden movie.