Christina Ricci & Brendan Gleeson Join 'Smurfs 2' in Production Now
Sometimes, studio heads have tough decisions to make. But when the first movie in a potential franchise makes $560 million dollars worldwide at the box office, that pretty much makes the decision for them. So in the most unsurprising announcement of the day, production has begun on The Smurfs 2, the newest live-action/animation hybrid for Columbia Pictures and follow-up to the 2011 smash hit. The Smurfs director Raja Gosnell and all of the main cast members are returning for the sequel, along with some new faces. Brendan Gleeson, Christina Ricci, and JB Smoove have joined the cast as well. More below!
ComingSoon has the press release, which unveils the new cast members. Gleeson will play Neil Patrick Harris' stepfather, while Ricci and Smoove will lend their voices to two mischievous Smurf-like creatures named Vexy and Hackus. This movie is written by an astounding five writers, including J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Karey Kirkpatrick and Jay Scherick & David Ronn. What is this, the Cowboys & Aliens of kids' films? (That movie also had a ton of writers, for those who don't get that joke.) Anyway, you can expect a lot of zaniness and broad stereotypes of foreign cultures as the Smurfs head to Europe this time out. This movie will wrap up the summer movie season next year, hitting theaters on July 31st, 2013.
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
That's a wonderfully written article Ben, concise, funny, and informative. I've noticed that you're writing has been getting much better in the past few weeks and I enjoy your articles. Not interested in the slightest in another Smurfs film, but the fact that it made that much money is quite surprising. Shows how powerful the family demographic is. I'm glad I take my kids to good films rather than just filler to shut them up for a couple hours.
peloquin on Apr 26, 2012
Ben Pearson on Apr 26, 2012
What scary news, two big actor ruin in same time in same place in same movie! Its scary movie 5! I'm big fan of ricci, In fact I love her, she is facinating to me, I love every movie he play in it, but her movies always is Mean. I love sleepy hollow but I think she must choose better role, she can be classic in our times but she play in films that doesn't deserve her. Black Snack Moan was good but not perfect too,she deserve much more. I love her act, she is top actress, I wish see her in sin city 2 And Brendan Gleeson always is first class, I love him too much
Ehsan Davodi on Apr 26, 2012
My question: When is "Casper 2" coming around? That was Ricci's best work!
Alan Trehern on Apr 26, 2012
While its good to see Miss Ricci get some work but are they seriously going to make another smurfs film ?! The first one was beyond horrible and I thought it tanked at the boxoffice or was that just wishful thinking from me...
medsempire waqas on Apr 26, 2012
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