Morgan Freeman & Elizabeth Banks Join 'LEGO: Piece of Resistance'
by Ben Pearson
August 27, 2012
Yes, LEGO passed on bringing Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead into the official company family, but I have a feeling we'll be able to forgive them when LEGO: The Piece of Resistance comes out under the direction of 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The ambitious production has already cast Will Arnett as Lego Batman and has Channing Tatum in mind for LEGO Superman, along with Moneyball and "Parks and Rec" star Chris Pratt as the voice of our everyman hero. Now, Deadline reports that WB has signed Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks to contribute their vocal talents to the film. More below!
Freeman will voice a character called Vitruvius (named after the Roman writer, no doubt), but Banks' role is still a mystery. Scoring Freeman's voice is a coup for any animated project, and Banks has such an infectious laugh and gift for comedy that she'll be a great fit here regardless of her role. The story follows Pratt's character Emmett, a normal LEGO mini-figure who is mistaken for the mythical "Master Builder" and whisked away on a quest to save the entire LEGO world before an evil tyrant glues the universe together. Lord and Miller, who worked in animation before with the wonderful Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, have spoken before about how the film will look as if "Michael Bay kidnapped Henry Selick to make a movie for him," so I can't wait to see how this one looks on the big screen.
With LEGO developing another one of their specific product lines into a separate film, it'll be interesting to see how the family-friendly company's plans unfold in regards to their leap to the big screen with these two projects. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait all the way until February 28th, 2014 for Lord & Miller's The Piece of Resistance to hit theaters. Expect many more casting announcements until then.