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Patrick Stewart is joining Sony Pictures Animation’s The Emoji Movie as Poop.
The Emoji Movie follows Gene (T.J. Miller), an emoji born with multiple expressions, who teams up with the notorious code-breaker Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer) on an adventure through a teenager’s phone.
Other new voices in the feature include Jennifer Coolidge as Gene’s mother, Mary Meh, and Saturday Night Live grad Maya Rudolph as Smiler. Jake T. Austin will be playing Emoji‘s resident teen, Alex. They are joining previously announced stars James Corden, Steven Wright and Rob Riggle.
The new castings were announced Wednesday morning as part of SPA’s upcoming features presentation.
As director Tony Leondis was introduced, Miller, who was on hand for the presentation, pretended to misunderstand the introduction, taking the stage to laughs before giving up the mic to the actual director. “I know what you’re thinking — WTF,” Leondis said of the movie. “What is their story? Emoji are expected to be one thing their whole lives. So I thought, what if one was born with not one, but lots of expressions … and how would that affect the status quo? Everyone has felt different — it’s everyone’s story.”
Leondis wrote the script with Mike White and Eric Siegel. Michelle Raimo is producing the pic.
Stewart is reped by ICM and Anonymous, Coolidge is repped by UTA. Rudolph is repped by WME and 3 Arts.
The Emoji Movie, which is set to hit theaters Aug. 4, will be preceded by a new animated short, Puppy, a Hotel Transylvania-themed short in which toddler Dennis gets a pet.
Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky was on hand Wednesday to discuss SPA’s third installment of the franchise, which is slated to open Sept. 21, 2018. “I thought I was done,” he joked, adding that he found himself on a family cruise that “was horrible, but I thought, what a great setting for the characters.” He revealed that in the story, the characters would take an ocean voyage and Drac (Adam Sandler) would fall in love with the Captain, Erika, who turns out to be a descendant of Van Helsing.
During the presentation, SPA also debuted several clips from the upcoming Smurfs: The Lost Village and announced additional voice castmembers including Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow, Michelle Rodriguez as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper as SmurfBlossom and Ariel Winter as SmurfLily.
Providing cameos will be Gordon Ramsay as Baker; Gabriel Inglesias as Jokey; Tituss Burgess as Vanity; Jeff Dunham as Farmer; Jake Johnson as Grouchy, and director Kelly Asbury as Nosey.
Previously announced castmember Demi Lovato (Smurfette), who was in attendance along with Joe Manganiello (Hefty), said she prepped for the role by watching Smurfs on YouTube, “my New Age homework.”
Clips from the April 7 release included the Smurfs being attacked by yellow flowers in an enchanted forest and being lost and separated from one another in a dark cave.
SPA president Kristine Belson emphasized that the studio has upped its output from one film every 18 months to having five planned theatrical releases over the next two years. She added that SPA doesn’t have just one style: “Each [film] is tremendously different.”
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