The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was among the films that debuted new footage during Warner Bros.' Hall H panel at the ongoing 2018 Comic-Con International in San Diego. WB's LEGO cinematic franchise has a history with the annual SDCC; first The LEGO Batman Movie debuted footage there back in 2016, then The LEGO Ninjago Movie premiered a trailer of its own during last year's Comic-Con festivities. As such, it's only fitting that the studio would use this year's convention to promote the first direct sequel to its original hit LEGO Movie.
LEGO Movie writing/directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller didn't call the shots on The Second Part, but they were involved creatively with the upcoming sequel. The film picks up in real-time after its 2014 predecessor and finds the city of Bricksburg (which looks decidedly like a Mad Max-style wasteland these days) under attack by a new enemy: the LEGO DUPLO® invaders. Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks reprise their voice roles as Emmet and Wyldstyle in the LEGO Movie sequel, along with several other returning cast members and new additions like Tiffany Haddish and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz.
Following a funny introduction video (which was made specifically for SDCC) where Aquaman's Jason Momoa voices LEGO Aquaman, WB unveiled official footage from The LEGO Movie 2 for the Hall H crowd to check out. The clip included much of the same self-referential humor as the first LEGO Movie and the spinoffs that have been released since then, in addition to some special guest appearances. Among those new LEGO characters were one General Maybe (who appeared to be a Playmobile figure), LEGO Harley Quinn in her Suicide Squad mode, and a raptor trainer LEGO character, Rex Dangervest, who's a clear riff on Pratt's role as Owen Grady in the Jurassic World franchise. The latter is also voiced by Pratt, thus driving the meta-joke all the way home.
Lord and Miller, who were present at the Hall H panel along with several members of The LEGO Movie 2 cast (Pratt and Banks included), further confirmed that the sequel takes place five years after the first LEGO Movie. They also touched on how the new characters are a combination of LEGO toys owned by the young boy in the first movie and his sister. As such, The Second Part will build on the ending to the original LEGO installment, which concluded with Bricksburg being "attacked" by the latter's match-and-mix LEGO creations.
By and large, it sounds as though The Second Part will be very much on-brand for the LEGO movie series, based on the previously-released trailer for The LEGO Movie 2 and the footage shown at SDCC. Whether or not the sequel will have the same depth as its predecessor, admittedly, is a matter that remains to be determined. If nothing else, the gag character involving Pratt's blockbuster movie roles and leading man status should definitely be worth a good chuckle.
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- The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) release date: Feb 08, 2019