Although movie fans may have been skeptical of a film based around the LEGO toys, the writing/directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Han Solo) built a movie that was well received by both critics and casual viewers, propelling The LEGO Movie to success. When all was said and done, The LEGO Movie earned $469 million worldwide on a budget of $60 million, proving the toy-based animated adventure could win over critics and do well at the box office. As a result of The LEGO Movie's success, Warner Bros announced a whole shared universe of future installments that includes a LEGO Movie sequel, the soon-to-be-released LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and Billion Brick Race.
Although Warner Bros is currently focused on promoting The LEGO Batman Movie, with the film's release only a week away, the studio has also begun to tease its second LEGO-based release of 2017, Ninjago. A trailer for LEGO Ninjago is expected to arrive soon, and a new image that reveals the film's villain while further teasing more to come.
USA Today Life tweeted an image of The LEGO Ninjago Movie's villain, Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) and teased that fans should "Stay tuned for more this weekend..." Will USA Today roll out the first LEGO Ninjago Movie trailer? Or more images of the film's major players? It remains to be seen but, for now, take a look at the image of Lord Garmadon:
In addition to Theroux as Lord Garmadon, LEGO Ninjago will feature the voice talents of Dave Franco (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) as Lloyd, Michael Peña (Ant-Man) as Kai, Fred Armisen (Portlandia) as Cole, Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) as Jay, Zach Woods (Silicon Valley) as Zane, Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) as Nya, Martial arts movie legend Jackie Chan as Sensei Wu, and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Koko. The detailed synopsis from Warner Bros for LEGO Ninjago is as follows:
In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power.
Of course, while LEGO Ninjago will be putting its own spin on martial arts/ninja movies, there seems to be a certain degree of inspiration from Star Wars given Lloyd's relationship to Lord Garmadon. Each of the LEGO movies so far have parodied storytelling and trends in pop culture - The LEGO Movie as a Chosen One narrative and LEGO Batman as a comedic take on superheroes - so Ninjago appears to be following that same theme. Still, we'll likely learn more about Lord Garmadon, Lloyd and the other characters when the first trailer for The LEGO Ninjago Movie debuts.
Source: USA Today Life
- The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) release date: Feb 10, 2017
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017) release date: Sep 22, 2017