Titled Lego: The Piece of Resistance, the animated feature will follow Emmet, "an ordinary, law-abiding, Lego mini-figure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary MasterBuilder. He's drafted into a fellowship of strangers on a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together." (per Variety)
Moneyball and The Five Year Engagement star Chris Pratt will star as Emmet, but he will be joined by a large cast of colourful and severely angular characters from the Lego/Warner Bros stable.
Arrested Development funnyman Will Arnett has been cast as Batman and is sure to have a better Bat-voice than Christian Bale, while Channing Tatum is being courted to take the role of Superman. Do not be surprised to hear of a few Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings related casting announcements over the coming weeks and months.
The Lego movie will be directed by Tatum's 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The pair are no stranger to animation, having created the short-lived Clone High TV show and the hugely successful Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. For my money, both of those projects are masterworks of animated comedy. Really.
The Lego video games have always had a gleefully silly sense of humour and Lord and Miller just 'get' funny, it comes naturally to them, even the closing titles of 21 Jump Street are a master-class in comic timing and juxtaposition. They are a perfect choice to make a Lego movie work. In November, WB added another funnyman, Robot Chicken director Chris McKay, to co-direct under Lord and Miller.
Lego: The Piece of Resistance (clever title) is set for release early 2014.