The sequel follows on the success of the global blockbuster The Angry Birds Movie, which opened to #1 in 50 countries worldwide, including the USA, in May 2016.
Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment are adding a new flock of comedic talent to its Angry Birds franchise.
As Variety reports, returning performers include Jason Sudeikis as Red, Josh Gad as Chuck, Bill Hader as Leonard, Danny McBride as Bomb, and Peter Dinklage as Mighty Eagle, while newcomers Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Awkwafina, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, and Brooklynn Prince have all signed on, with Leslie Jones voicing of the film's villain. Deadline is reporting that Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Awkwafina, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, Beck Bennett and Brooklynn Prince are on board as the new additions to the cast list. It may be hard for many to get genuinely excited about something like Angry Birds 2, but it's hard not to acknowledge that some good things can happen with a grouping of talent like this.
The film will be directed by Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time) and co-directed by John Rice (King of the Hill) from a screenplay written by Peter Ackerman (The Americans, Ice Age). David Maisel and Catherine Winder are executive producers.
The first Angry Birds movie made over $352 million worldwide in 2016 and became one of the highest-grossing vidgame adaptations to date.
"I'm thrilled about our incredibly talented filmmaking team and the hilarious people we've brought together for the sequel", the film's producer John Cohen said in a statement to THR.