Seemingly attempting to prove that he can bring his trademark calming narrative voice to any form of film, Morgan Freeman has been confirmed as the latest actor to sign onto Warner Bros. animated movie project Lego: The Piece of Resistance.
With actress Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) also confirmed to be lending her voice to the planned 2014 release, the 3D film (the first to be produced for cinematic release under the popular brand of Danish building blocks) is set to have plenty of star power behind it, with Freeman’s role set to be that of original character ‘Vitruvius’, though little has been revealed of the film’s details.
It is known that the animated film will feature Chris Pratt (Moneyball) in the lead role of a ‘regular Lego figure’ called Emmet who becomes mistaken for ‘the legendary MasterBuilder’, while other signed cast members include Will Arnett as ‘Lego Batman’ and Channing Tatum as ‘Lego Superman’, implying that the film will make use of the licenced characters and films that Lego produce products for.
The directors of the film are Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street) who will be working on a script that they wrote alongside Dan and Kevin Hageman. Miller, however, admitted that the format of the film is designed to not rely on voice acting talent, as he stated: “The truth is that there’s a lot of action in the movie, and one of the compelling things is watching them move without speaking. We’re hiring really amazing voice talent for the movie that’ll hopefully make it all work.”
Set for release on 28 February 2014, will an ambitious Lego movie (that isn’t home-made by a fan) manage to steal some of the 3D animated spotlight from the likes of Pixar and Dreamworks, or should this project to create characters from the DIY toys remain on the shelf?