The pieces are coming together for Lego’s first feature film.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures announced Friday that Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie will be voice actors in the 3-D animated The Lego Movie, due out on Feb. 7, 2014. They will join the rest of the star-studded cast, which includes Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, 30 Rock) and Chris Pratt (Moneyball).
The film is about a Goody Two-Shoes Lego figure named Emmet (Pratt), who is mistaken for a savior of sorts by a charming Lucy (Brie) and gets dragged into a quest to stop an evil dictator from controlling the universe. Lucy has a secret as well. A mystic, Vitruvius (Freeman), and a character named Batman (Arnett) tag along for the ride. The villains are President Business (Ferrell), a tyrannical businessman, and his henchman Bad Cop (Neeson), who try to thwart Emmet in every way possible. Offerman (Parks and Recreation) plays a “craggy, swaggering” pirate who is plotting revenge against President Business.
The film will be produced by Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and Roy Lee (The Departed) and directed by the 21 Jump Street team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who also wrote and directed the Golden Globe–nominated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Lord and Miller wrote the Lego screenplay along with Dan and Kevin Hageman.