While the world is no stranger to seeing some of our favorite videos games getting big screen adaptations, it was a little more of a surprise to learn that Hollywood would be going beyond all that when #SonyPictures Animation revealed its upcoming animated film, The Emoji Movie.
Ever since its announcement the film has been extremely divisive, with many asking why exactly the world needed such a film. But despite the haters, the first teaser for the film arrived a few months back, and I've got to say, it wasn't all bad:
Adding even more to team pro-Emoji Movie's argument is the fact that the cast assembled to bring The Emoji Movie to the big screen is totally star studded. And with the film due for release on August 4, 2017 now is the perfect time to take a look at who will be voicing this rag tag cast of emojis, take a look:
T.J. Miller — Gene
What you've seen/heard him in: Deadpool, Cloverfield, How To Train Your Dragon, Big Hero 6, High School USA!, Gravity Falls, Silicon Valley.
Comedian T.J. Miller will be voicing the character of Gene, who is a multi-expressional emoji whom the film follows as he sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.
Sir Patrick Stewart — Poop
What you've seen/heard him in: Star Trek: The Next Generation, the X-Men franchise, Chicken Little, Gnomeo & Juliet, Family Guy, Blunt Talk,
It seemed unlikely that we'd one day see Sir Patrick Stewart quite literally chatting shit, but here we are! With his brown curves and a suave bowtie, I'm hoping we can rely on Poop to bring a touch of class to The Emoji Movie. Reading back that last line I'm not really sure how I expect that to transpire, but hey, shit happens.
James Corden — Hi-5
What you've seen/heard him in: Teachers, Fat Friends, The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Little Charley Bear, One Chance, The Wrong Mans, Trolls, The Late Late Show With James Corden
He might be more familiar with singing behind the wheel of a car, but The Late Late Show host, James Corden, will be lending his voice to the character Hi-5. The jovial star will no doubt be well suited to this upbeat emoji.
Steven Wright — Mel Meh
What you've seen/heard him in: Reservoir Dogs, So I Married An Axe Murderer, Mad About You, Canadian Bacon, Half Baked, Son of the Mask, Horace and Pete.
Comedian and actor Steven Wright is the rather apathetic voice behind the emoji character Mel Meh. Wright's character is one of the few we've heard from so far, introducing the film in the first teaser trailer (see above).
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Jennifer Coolidge — Mary Meh
What you've seen/heard her in: King of the Hill, Best in Show, Legally Blonde, American Pie, According to Jim, Joey, Nip/Tuck, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Fish Hook, Gravity Falls and 2 Broke Girls.
Stiffler's mom a.k.a Jennifer Coolidge is the actress behind the character Mary Meh, and while we don't have any information it seems fair to assume she'll be both an emoji and probably the female counterpart of Steven Wright's Mel Meh.
Jake T. Austen — Alex
What you've seen/heard him in: The Ant Bully, Happy Monster Band, Hotel for Dogs, Go, Diego! Go!, Wizards of Waverly Place, Rio, The Fosters, Justice League Action.
Former Disney star Jake T. Austen is voicing the character of Alex, though we unfortunately have no more information on what form this character will take.
Maya Rudolph — Smiler
What you've seen/heard her in: City of Angels, 50 First Dates, Kath & Kim, Grown Ups, Bridesmaids, Up All Night, Turbo, The Nut Job, Big Hero 6, The Grinder and Saturday Night Live.
Maya Rudolph often makes us smile our way through many favorite TV shows and films, but it looks like this time she'll be doing the grinning as the emoji Smiler.
Rob Riggle — Ice Cream
What you've seen/heard him in: Saturday Night Live, Human Giant, Gary Unmarried, The Other Guys, The Lorax, 21 Jump Street, Wilfred, Coogan Auto, Dumb and Dumber To, Modern Family, Golan the Insatiable, The League and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
No stranger to voice over work, Rob Riggle will be voicing that adorable-looking, hard-talking ice cream emoji we got our first look at in the teaser trailer.
Ilana Glazer — Jailbreak
What you've seen/heard her in: Broad City, How to Follow Strangers, Time Traveling Bong, BoJack Horseman.
One half of our favorite stoner girl duo, Broad City's Ilana Glazer is set to voice the character Jailbreak. It's unclear what form Jailbreak will take, though in terms of Apple phones, "iOS jailbreaking" refers to removing software restrictions imposed on mobile operating systems. Perhaps Jailbreak will be the key to starting Gene's journey?
The Emoji Movie hits theaters on August 4, 2017.