Ordinarily, I would say I have no interest in a Lego movie. However, there’s a few factors here that actually make me excited to see this film. For one, the film is being scripted and directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord who, after Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, How I Met Your Mother, and 21 Jump Street, I would follow practically anywhere. In addition, the film is being co-directed by Chris McKay, who co-created the very funny and very geeky Robot Chicken. That and the reported plot (“Michael Bay with Legos”) does have me very intereted to see this film.
And apparently, some big names are interested as well. Variety reports that actors Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Channing Tatum (Magic Mike), and Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) are circling roles in the film. That’s all well and good, but what’s really interesting is what roles the actors will be playing. Arnett will be playing Batman, opposite Tatum’s Superman. Not only is that very inspired casting, but it also showcases the fact that this Lego film will include licensed characters from other properties, ala Roger Rabbit. Small caveat, though; we’ll probably only see WB properties in the film, since they’re the one making the film. So stuff like DC, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings should pop up if we’re lucky. Then again, maybe it will be like Roger Rabbit and WB will make a huge deal with a bunch of other studios to feature Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc. And that would be amazing.
Chris Pratt, a.k.a Andy from Parks and Recreation, won’t be playing a masked superhero, though. He has been tapped for the lead character. Variety describes him as such:
Pratt will play Emmet, an ordinary, law-abiding, rules-following, perfectly average Lego mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary MasterBuilder. He’s drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
This is a pretty great talent, and the talent is obviously here in spades. With luck, this project will be one to look out for.