If you still haven't seen Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie, I feel sorry for you, because you missed what is easily the fastest, freshest, funniest movie to come out thus far in 2014. Now that the hype has died down some, I realize that the timing of this article is less-than-stellar. But I was sitting at work yesterday and I had a thought: The Lego Movie had an extremely impressive array of stars and cameos, ranging from Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson to Will Ferrell and Will Forte to Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. With that in mind, I have to wonder, how do the new directors (nervous!) of the franchise intend to create an engaging sequel while lining up a whole new line of celebrity cameos?
Well, just for the sake of discussion, I have a couple ideas for voices I'd like to hear in the upcoming Lego installment.
This one is a no-brainer. Now that (SPOILER) Will Ferrell's President Business has apparently jumped ship to the good guys, we need a new villain against whom we can pit our Master Builder dream team. Carell is one of the most phenomenal comic actors of our time, earning his stripes in animation as Gru in the Despicable Me franchise, as well as in live-action in countless hits, from The 40-Year-Old Virgin to the Anchorman franchise, to his legendary role as Michael Scott in TV's The Office. He would bring so much comedic talent to the table as a bad guy for the Lego universe.
What with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and its unfortunate sequel, Hader missed jumping on the Lego Movie bandwagon while Lord and Miller were in charge, but maybe the next one could be a shot at redemption for Cloudy 2. Hader is a talented enough fellow, and has a pretty wide vocal range that could make for some interesting characterizations.
Okay, so I have a bit of a crush on Anna Kendrick, big deal. But seriously, I can't believe it took until Pitch Perfect for us all to discover how wickedly funny she can be. Plus, her personality is downright adorable, she'd click right in to the Lego universe. Maybe she could play a love interest for a secondary character (maybe a chance for Batman to be a nice guy for a change?). Or she could be a pop star, singing the sequel song to "Everything Is Awesome!!!" Okay, probably not, but you get the idea.
I will push for Bill Murray to be in anything. The world has gone too long without more exposure to his unique brand of humor. No one does sarcasm better than Murray, no one. And it's criminal that his recent notable performances have been limited to a cameo in Zombieland and a few Wes Anderson movies. Don't get me wrong, Wes is a genius and Bill was easily the best thing about Zombieland, but the world needs more Bill Murray. And the fast-paced, whip-smart humor of the Lego Movie universe could give him an opportunity to riff and deliver just like the good ol' days. Heck, put him in as Lego Peter Venkman, seriously, just get him in there!
We know from Frozen that Kristen Bell fits animation like a glove. She's very naturally funny, and could bring a tremendous amount of quirky awkwardness to the next Lego Movie. I actually think that it would be hilarious to see what she'd do in a villainous role. It would be fun to watch because she's so naturally sweet and innocent-sounding. Seeing a character of hers do something crazy or borderline sadistic (as sadistic as you can get for a kids' movie) would be a refreshing and likely very humorous change of pace.
Neil Patrick Harris
Is this even a question? Lego Spider-Man, end of story.
Seth Rogen is a funny dude, and he has a very distinct voice. He hasn't done a ton in animation, aside from an animated character in The Spiderwick Chronicles and a supporting role in Horton Hears A Who! (Which was terrific, by the way). It would be cool to see his distinct voice put to that use again, because again, he's funny. I don't know where exactly he would fit in to the Lego universe, but I'm sure the powers that be could find a way.
I love Mark Wahlberg, okay? I just do. He's really good at playing the angry boy from Boston, yes, but he also proved with The Other Guys and Ted that he can be really funny. He's really good at acting/sounding bombastic, and he's got a quick wit that would do him a lot of good if he were sharing time with veterans such as Will Ferrell and Chris Pratt (who, until further notice, I am assuming are both returning to the sequel).
I don't know if the creator and star of Family Guy, American Dad, Ted and A Million Ways to Die in the West would be game to take part in a kids' movie, but he was in Hellboy II, so anything could happen, I suppose. MacFarlane has a gift for voice work. I'm thinking he could make a great villain in the Lego Movie sequel. But honestly, he's so versatile he could be anybody.
And last, but absolutely not least...
H. Jon Benjamin
H. Jon Benjamin is actually the first person I thought of when I began typing this article. I am absolutely obsessed with Archer and I personally think that Benjamin has the most unique and generally hilarious voice in movies or TV right now. He deftly projects every line he's given with a sort of snide sarcasm that is hilarious to hear other people react to. He's also very good at acting baffled, flustered and downright angry, and every time he speaks, even if the line isn't that great, he has the ability to make it funny. Please, whoever is in charge needs to get him on board!
Any other voices y'all would like to hear? Let us know in the comments!