Warner Bros. has brought on rising comedic superstar Tiffany Haddish to voice a new lead role in LEGO Movie 2. While no details about the character Haddish is voicing have been given, she becomes the first new cast member to come aboard, joining several voice actors from the first movie. This is also the latest high-profile role for Haddish, who has been landing numerous big roles after her breakout role in last summer's R-rated comedy Girls Trip, alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall.
Haddish will be joined by returning The LEGO Movie voice stars Chris Pratt (Emmet Brickowski), Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Will Arnett (Batman), Channing Tatum (Superman) and Jonah Hill (Green Lantern). There is no indication yet as to whether other The LEGO Movie voice actors like Alison Brie (Princess Unikitty), Charlie Day (Spaceman Benny), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius) or others will be returning for this sequel. No story details have been uncovered yet, but with this cast starting to come together, perhaps we'll find out more plot details as well. It is sure to offer plenty of cool movie and TV crossovers like the first.
The LEGO Movie was one of the surprise box office hits of 2014, pulling in $257.4 million, despite debuting in early February, with an additional $211.4 million internationally for a worldwide tally of $469.1 million from just a $60 million budget. Warner Bros announced the sequel just weeks after The LEGO Movie hit theaters, originally slating the follow-up for release on May 26, 2017, but the project would be delayed as the studio moved forward with spin-offs The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
Mike Mitchell (Trolls) has taken over at the helm for LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, although the former directors did write the screenplay. Production began back in October, with Warner Bros. setting a February 22, 2019 release date, putting it up against Sony's Spider-Man spin-off Silver and Black and Lionsgate's comedy Flarsky. It's unclear when the studio plans on releasing any story details or other character details about this sequel. With production already under way, it's possible that the studio could have a trailer ready for Comic-Con this summer, but that has not yet been confirmed.
Tiffany Haddish got her start as a stand-up comedian, appearing on episodes of Def Comedy Jam, Laugh Factory and Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus. She started acting with a number of guest-starring roles on shows like That's So Raven, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Underground before landing small roles in movies like Meet the Spartans, A Christmas Wedding, Patterns of Attraction, School Dance and Keanu before her breakthrough role as Dina in Girls Trip. She also starred as Nekeisha on The Carmichael Show and the upcoming series The Last O.G. with Tracy Morgan. On the big screen, she will next be seen in Uncle Drew, Night School, The Oath and The List. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on Tiffany Haddish's casting earlier today, which is hopefully the first of many new casting updates that will be coming soon.