New characters, old friends, a catchy song and a double helping of Chris Pratt are the building blocks of awesome sequel The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.
Much has changed since the animated movie that spawned the infuriatingly catchy song, Everything Is Awesome, made its big screen debut five years ago.
For, alas, the shiny interlocking pieces that populated The LEGO Movie are now reduced to rubble in a post-apocalyptic Bricksburg; its once joyful denizens now battling LEGO DUPLO invaders in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.
Adding to the misery of “Apocalypseburg” is an even catchier song, Catchy Song, which literally gets stuck inside the heads of The LEGO Movie 2‘s returning star cast – Chris Pratt reprising his role as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Lucy (aka Wyldstyle), Will Arnett as LEGO Batman, and Charlie Day as Benny.
Of the new characters, Tiffany Haddish voices the shape-shifting Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, while Stephanie Beatriz plays the dual-identitied General Mayhem/Sweet Mayhem.
Directed by Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum, based on a screenplay by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who wrote and directed the original, Miller says of this sequel, “Everyone has grown more mature, grittier, harder, tougher – everyone except for Emmet of course. He’s still the same gee-whiz, aww-shucks, naïve guy he ever was.”
“He’s the only person in this world that dust doesn’t seem to stick to,” adds Lord.
The sequel will introduce Rex Dangervest, also voiced by Pratt, whom the actor describes his character as a raptor-training, galaxy-saving cowboy.
Based on several of Pratt’s previous big screen incarnations, Dangervest borrows from Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Magnificent Seven, to name but a few.
“I like to call myself The Muse, the muse of Chris Miller and Phil Lord for the LEGO movies. I think they lampooned my career in a way and looked at some of the movies I’ve been able to do recently and put them into this movie as a bit of a joke, but also as an homage,” Pratt tells STACK when we meet with him in Hollywood.
A long-time LEGO aficionado, Pratt loves to build with young son, Jack.
“Any time I do a movie that has LEGO characters, which is Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers and Jurassic, they all have these LEGO sets which I get sent to me, so Jack and I have a really good time putting all of those together,” says the actor who is particularly buzzed about the LEGO Apocalypseburg set.
“I think the Death Star was over 1,000 pieces, but this is going to be over 3,000! I dare you to try and finish that one!”
Haddish was super excited when she was first approached for the sequel, “I think her name – Queen Watevra Wa’Nabí – is so awesome because I want to be whatever-I-wanna-be too. And then when they asked me whether I could sing, I was like ‘yeah’, but I can’t. And then they got me vocal classes so that just made me even more happy because now I’m gonna come out with my album.”
Arnett enjoyed finding a new side to LEGO Batman’s usually arrogant persona. “Our Batman takes himself so seriously that it’s almost absurd. It’s been so satisfying taking this iconic character and kind of bending the rules on him. The filmmakers keep feeding LEGO Batman real-life experiences to see how he deals with it because he is so ill-equipped to handle relationship-based situations, so I’m excited for audiences to see where we take him in this movie.
“The Queen is very infectious; pulling Batman out of his darkness a little bit; you get to see him connect with another human being – or another LEGO being – in a very cool way,” he says.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is in cinemas March 21