In case you forgot, a sequel to last year’s The Smurfs is on its way (sigh). Nearly the entire cast from the first pic—including Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria and Katy Perry—are returning, and now THR reports that Brendan Gleeson and J.B. Smoove will be joining the cast as newcomers. In addition, THR noted a few days ago that Christina Ricci will also come onboard. Ricci will be playing Vexy, an evil version of the lovely Smurfette (Perry), while Smoove will voice a new character named “Hackus” who is described as “naughty” (the Smurfs have always walked a fine line between children’s fare and inappropriate). Gleeson, meanwhile, will play Harris’ stepfather, Victor Doyle. Given that this is a kids’ film, I can only assume that the stepfather will be somewhat evil.
Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first Smurfs film, returns as director for the sequel which also stars Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 is set for release on July 31st, 2013.