Bill Hader, Josh Gad & More Lead Voice Cast for 'Angry Birds' Movie
Though it feels like the hype and love for the mobile game turned merchandising machine Angry Birds has died down, the animated feature film is still coming to theaters on July 1st, 2016 with Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly directing the film for Rovio Entertainment. And today, Rovio finally revealed the full voice cast, and there's a lot of familiar faces from "Saturday Night Live" and other assorted comedy stars bringing the frustrated little birds to life. Taking the lead roles will be Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBridge, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, but there's a slew of supporting voices too.
Smaller roles will be voices by Keegan-Michael Key (of "Key & Peele"), Kate McKinnon (Emmy nominee from "Saturday Night Live", Tony Hale ("Veep" and "Arrested Development"), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors), Hannibal Buress ("Broad City"), Jillian Bell ("Workaholics" and 22 Jump Street), Danielle Brooks ("Orange is the New Black"), Cristela Alonzo ("Cristela") and Latin music star Romeo Santos. Plus, for some reason YouTube stars known as Smosh (Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla) have also landed roles, seemingly because of their over 30 million YouTube subscribers.
And here's a first look at three of the lead characters from the Angry Birds movie:
Although there's no word on the exact plot, we do get some details by way of descriptions of the lead characters. Sudeikis is playing Red a bird with a temper problem, Gad will be the speedy Chuck, McBride is the volatile Bomb, Dinklage voices the Mighty Eagle and Maya Rudolph voices a character named Matilda. As for Hader, the press release says he has joined the pork side, so we're not sure if that means he's a bird who has decided to help the villainous green pigs, or if he's voicing the lead swine bad guy. It's pretty easy to tell what birds these actors are playing if you're familiar with the game.
It seems like Rovio pulled out all the stops to get recognizable comedy stars to bring the animated film to life (they're also great voice actors) so that adults will want to see the film with their kids as well. And they're clearly trying to get as diverse a crowd as they can with the inclusion of names like Romeo Santos and whoever the hell those YouTube stars may be. Blanca Juti, Chief Marketing Officer of Rovio, tries to be funny saying, “We heard limbs and dialogue were all the rage in modern animation so we went all in. Not just one, but all of our characters have legs and wings! Except for the pigs, that is,” Uh, okay. Anyway, we're hoping for the best, and would love for this to turn out like The LEGO Movie. Anyone interested?