Everything is awesome, especially if you’re co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The powerhouse duo cemented their status (with some KRAGL, of course) as the current “it guys” in Hollywood, with hits like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 & 22 Jump Street and of course The LEGO Movie. The latter was not only an unprecedented critical and commercial success (it’s the highest grossing animated film of 2014), but it also ushered in the age of Chris Pratt – or as I like to call it, Chris-mas – as he went from goofy bit player on a TV sitcom to one of Hollywood’s most wanted leading men after a string of killer roles that started with his turn as average LEGO worker Emmet.
And who knows, that same stepping stone to stardom could be waiting for a lady in the planned The LEGO Movie 2, as Lord and Miller told the BBC that one thing we should expect to see in the sequel is a lot more female characters than just Elizabeth Banks’ Wildstyle or Alison Brie’s Unikitty.
“It’s important to us that the movie plays broadly and that we inspire young women as much as we inspire young men… You can feel that the whole movie culture is now starting to wake up to the fact that half the audience are women. Frozen is reflective of that – and I think we are all going to find a great flourishing of women film makers and subject matter in the future.”
“I don’t want to give spoilers. But there will be more female characters and more female stuff [in The LEGO Movie 2]… There’s been a real shortage of [female protagonists] in recent years and I think that the near future will be very different.”
Just who those female protagonists are are still a mystery though, even for Lord and Miller as they’ve barely started on the film’s script.
“You would think there would be be more pieces in place but all we’ve written is ‘Fade in..,'”
And while we don’t know what characters will be in the sequel, Lord and Miller have revealed to Yahoo! what character wasn’t in the first film, despite them really wanting him to be: R2-D2! Yes, the Star Wars droid was not only going to be appear in the film, but play a major role, but in the end didn’t make the cut due to rights issues.
“He was a Batman-level character.”
“We figured we could get R2-D2 because his voice wasn’t a human being. A kid doesn’t have lawyers that won’t allow the toys to play together.”
“Part of the appeal for us was that ‘Roger Rabbit’ thing that you can get these characters together that you couldn’t get in any other type of movie. Watching my own son play, he does put Batman on the Millennium Falcon and there’s no-one saying they take place in completely different times and galaxies.”
Whether everybody’s favourite bin-shaped, whistlin’ droid actually makes it into the sequel or not, one thing is for certain: I cannot wait for The LEGO Movie 2. The first film was the perfect blend of gags, characters and surprising emotional layers and 2018 suddenly feels very far away!
Last Updated: November 18, 2014