Sony's found solid success with its Smurfs franchise, with 2011's The Smurfs and its 2013 sequel raking in solid money at the worldwide box office despite poor reviews. So, it should come as no surprise that the studio's ready to turn things around with Smurfs: The Lost Village, a fresh take on the classic animated series that could launch a new Smurfs franchise. And if you're eager for more Smurfs you're in luck, because #SonyPictures released the first teaser trailer for The Lost Village earlier today.
The upcoming film finds Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on a quest to find a fabled lost village before it's discovered by the dastardly wizard Gargamel. Along the way, they'll uncover an ancient secret with major ties to the history of the Smurfs.
The Lost Village ditches the live-action/animation hybrid style of Sony's previous Smurfs movies for an entirely animated adventure that more closely emulates the style of the cartoons. Naturally, the new take also features an entirely new cast, and we're gearing up for the release of Smurfs: The Lost Village with a look at the actors behind the famous characters.
Demi Lovato Is Smurfette
This might be a brand new take on the Smurfs, but Sony's continuing its pop star casting of Smurfette, with Demi Lovato taking over the role after Katy Perry's previous two outings.
It looks like Smurfette's the leader of the group this time, which is a welcome change considering she's frequently been the designated damsel in distress. Being the only female smurf isn't easy, but it looks like Smurfette is ready to prove she has what it takes to be a leader. In addition to Smurfs: The Lost Village, Lovato's also providing a voice for 2017's animated fairy tale Charming. Assuming they're both hits, the performer could find herself with a new career as a voice actress.
Jack McBrayer Is Clumsy
Jack McBrayer takes over for the late Anton Yelchin as Hollywood's latest Clumsy Smurf, and really he's the perfect pick. McBrayer's best known for his role as Kenneth the Page on 30 Rock, bringing an occasionally manic, cartoony energy to the NBC comedy. And with his role as Fix-It Felix in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, he proved he can transfer that comedy style to the world of animation.
Though he doesn't get much love in the teaser, it's safe to assume that Clumsy will be his same klutzy self. He's always underestimated by the other smurfs, and he's likely trying to prove his potential by hunting for the titular Lost Village.
Danny Pudi Is Brainy
Clearly, Danny Pudi's time with the study group in Community has paid off, because he's now the world's smartest smurf. Pudi inherits the role of Brainy from SNL alum Fred Armisen, and will no doubt prove a solid addition to the team.
Naturally, we suspect Brainy is the mastermind behind the group's quest for the Lost Village. But the teaser shows that his smarts might not be enough to make it in one piece, as the bespectacled smurf is snatched up by a carnivorous flower.
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Joe Manganiello Is Hefty
Fans are eager to see Joe Manganiello take on the role of DC Comics assassin Deathstroke in Ben Affleck's Batman movie, but if you can't wait for more Mangienello you can enjoy his take on Hefty Smurf. Actor Gary Basaraba played Hefty in Sony's previous Smurfs films, though the character had a minor part in those movies compared to his co-starring role here.
When a smurf needs some muscle, they call on Hefty to get the job done. He's traditionally been the bravest of the smurfs, so it's no surprise to seen him venture outside of their home. Manganiello might be typecast in the role, but it'll be fun to see the actor take on his first major animated movie.
Mandy Patinkin Is Papa Smurf
You can't make a Smurfs movie without Papa Smurf himself, and The Lost Village has found the perfect man for the job in the form of Mandy Patinkin. Not only is he a top notch actor, most famous for playing swordsman Inigo Montoya in comedy classic The Princess Bride, but he also looks exactly like Papa Smurf. Sure, animators probably designed the character to look like the actor, but when you see them side by side this casting seems like a no-brainer.
We don't see Papa Smurf in the teaser, but it's safe to assume he's the one who sends Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty off on their journey to the world beyond their home. Audiences can expect him to serve as a father figure filled with advice, just like in the cartoons.
Rainn Wilson Is Gargamel
One of the better aspects of Sony's previous Smurfs movies was Hank Azaria's ridiculously hammy take on Gargamel, the evil sorcerer hellbent on destroying the smurfs. Rainn Wilson is known for playing ridiculous characters like Dwight on The Office, and will no doubt do more of the same in The Lost Village.
Our heroic smurf crew is out to reach the Lost Village before Gargamel, likely to prevent him from destroying/eating its residents. He'll definitely have some wily tricks up his sleeves, and with the help of his equally villainous cat Azrael will once again prove to be a major threat to the smurfs.
The cast of Smurfs: The Lost Village is filled with solid talent, and while we know who all the main characters are there's always a chance that we'll see some hilarious cameos. After all, the cast of the original Smurfs cartoon was massive, including way more characters than we've seen so far. With a killer ensemble of voice talent, Sony's Smurfs reboot could be the little blue creatures's best adventure yet.
Smurfs: The Lost Village hits theaters on April 7, 2017. How does the new cast compare to the old Smurfs? Let us know in the comments below.