Brendan Gleeson, J.B. Smoove, and Christina Ricci Set for SMURFS 2

     April 26, 2012


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.

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  • Singularity

    Is Brendan Gleeson Chris Nolan’s father?

    • Jeff

      Singularity – I worked with Christopher Nolan’s father, Brendan for ten years in advertising in London. He was a great friend and the best man at my wedding. And I worked with him for ten years in advertising in London. I can assure you Brendan Gleeson is not the same person!

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  • ScaredForMovies

    I can see with something like the Chipmunks why you would modernize it but not the Smurfs. They could have mixed in the live action and kept it in the medieval world from which the Smurfs originate. Taking it away from their village and placing in New York reeks of nosey producer wanting to cash in with shallow easy film making. The Smurfs deserved better.

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