When last we reported on Lego: The Piece of Resistance, it was to tell you that Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) would be voicing the protagonist. Now, it looks like directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) will be adding Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) and Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) to their voice cast. The picture, which is an 80/20 blend of animation/live-action, centers on Emmet (Pratt), an “instruction worker” who is mistaken for the Master Builder. The Lego crew them embarks on a quest to prevent an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. Hit the jump for more on Banks and Freeman’s roles in the film, as well as updates on other cast members.
Deadline reports that Lord and Miller (along with co-director, Chris McKay) are interested in Banks and Freeman for their cast. Though Deadline was short on details for either character, they did report that Freeman will play a character named Vitruvius. Variety’s Jeff Sneider later tweeted that:
“In LEGO movie, LIZZIE BANKS will play Pratt’s bad-ass ex-g/f, while M.FREEMAN will play a blind sage described as Gandalf meets Mr. Magoo.”
We also previously reported that Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) were being courted to voice Lego Batman and Lego Superman respectively. WHile it looks like Arnett is still attached as the Caped Crusader, Tatum might not be on board with his 21 Jump Street directors’ newest film. Sneider also tweeted the following in that regard:
Hearing CHANNING TATUM has passed on voice-role of SUPERMAN in the LEGO movie, though no confirmation of that just yet…
Check back periodically for more developments. Lego: The Piece of Resistance is scheduled to be released on February 28th, 2014.