2014 saw the beginning of a lucrative movie universe at Warner Bros., as The LEGO Movie defied expectations to become a financial and creative hit. But, with the film's ending promising a clash between the Duplo and LEGO worlds, a LEGO Movie sequel was inevitable. Flash forward to today, as the world is anticipating The LEGO Movie Sequel (now officially titled The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part), which sees us returning to the world that started it all. But the road to returning Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman, Benny, and the countless others involved in the first film's success hasn't been an easy one. Which means, in honor of being less than a year away from everything awesome coming to our eyes and ears once more, it's time to go into what we know so far about The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part! Here, we'll pour out the knowledge of all things LEGO, and make some educated guesses that'll eventually be corrected as time goes on. But for now, this is what to expect.
You're in luck! Early June 2018 finally brought us the first full trailer from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. It gives us a good look at the post-apocalyptic world that's been brought on by the destructive Duplo, and how oddly Emmet has been handling the changes to everyone's daily life. As can be expected, much of the crew from the original film has to go on an adventure, leading to a lot of crazy laughs.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is currently scheduled for a February 8, 2019 release date. Originally scheduled for May 26, 2017, the film was first bumped to a May 18, 2018 debut, before finally landing on its current window of release. In its current slot, this was supposed to pit the animated sequel in direct competition against Sony's Spider-Man spin-off Silver and Black, as well as the Seth Rogen / Charlize Theron romantic comedy Flarsky. However, with the former hitting some recent snags, it has been put on indefinite hold, removing one Marvel flavored competitor from the field. However, the week after sees X-Men: Dark Phoenix settled in its new home on February 14, 2019, so there's a slight possibility that The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part may be bumped again to give the release some breathing room from the potential X-blockbuster.
It's unknown what The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part's rating will be at this moment, because films never get their final rating until right before release, but it's heavily implied that it will be rated PG. The original LEGO Movie, as well as the spin-offs, The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie, were all handed the PG rating for the action and "rude humor" present in their films, so making a film that breaks with the family friendly trend does not seem likely at all. At the same time, making a G rated film that eschews the reference based and "rude" humor, as well as any of the action that The LEGO Movie franchise has been known for, seems just as wrong. So, the PG rating is pretty secure for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.
Originally, director Chris McKay was going to helm The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, when the film was aiming for its 2017 release date. But, ultimately, this was not meant to be, as McKay was shifted to The LEGO Batman Movie, leaving the spot vacant. Eventually, Rob Schrab, best known as co-writer on Sony's animated film Monster House, and a director on such shows as Community, Parks and Recreation and The Mindy Project, was hired for the duties of bringing this second LEGO Movie to the finish line. It only took two words ("creative differences") to see Schrab leave the project, allowing Trolls director Mike Mitchell to be the current and active director on The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.
Just as the director's chair saw itself subjected to the winds of change, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part saw several writers move through its writer's room. At first, 2014's early announcement of the film's status, in the wake of The LEGO Movie's surprise success, writers Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan were named as working out the story for the second film. That changed rather quickly, though, as by the end of that same year, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were signed on to write about the future of Bricksburg. The latest reports, however, have told us that Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg was brought in for some re-writes before the film went into active production.
Considering the revolving door of writers and directors in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part's path to production, it's no surprise that no concrete story has been made known to the public at large. However, there are aspects that we do know will be present in the film -- specifically the fact that Finn and his sister from The LEGO Movie's live-action segments will be back. Other than that, various notes have talked about Finn's LEGO sets and his sister's Duplo sets, seen about to go to war against each other at the end of The LEGO Movie, will both be represented in the film. There were also previous comments about how The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part will tackle the subject of how boys play versus how girls play, adding a flavor of gender commentary to the film's more human side. Don't be afraid that the film will forget to have fun though, as plenty of space action and musical comedy are bring promised to find their way into this sequel.
In order to track with the real world time gap between The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, this new film will take place four years after the first film's resolution. This also plays into what the film will be about, as Finn's adolescence has been mentioned since the first phases of the project as a subject of interest to the writers. The time jump would put Finn in his early to mid-teens, with his sister most likely being in the last stages of early childhood, between 1 ½ and 5 years old, the prescribed time frame stated on the Duplo block sets.
With the vague details that are available, and the time gap in play, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part looks like it could play with more live-action sequences than The LEGO Movie ever did. With Finn and his sister being important characters in the film's story, we'll not only see more of Finn, but actually get to meet his sister. Not being seen, but alluded to, in the first film, her Duplo building set was seen threatening the world of Emmet, Wyldstyle, and the rest of the Bricksburg crew. This intersection will set up not only the story of how Finn and his sibling play with different bricks and mindsets, but it also sets up just what might happen in the stop motion animated world of the LEGO Movie cast. Originally played by Jadon Sand in The LEGO Movie, it's unclear at the moment whether Sand will reprise the role of Finn in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Also uncertain is who will play the as of yet unnamed sister to Finn.
In our world, the Duplo building system is the LEGO system's younger cousin, specified as being made for children between 1 ½ and 5 years old. But in the world of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, these soft spoken creatures have presumably thrown down the gauntlet and threatened the intricate world of Bricksburg. So, if the ending to The LEGO Movie is any indication, there may have been four years of war between the Duplo and LEGO worlds, with bricks and tempers being lost in the midst. Also, due to a Duplo block usually being thicker and bigger than LEGO pieces, that war may be something akin to a monster movie, as the larger scaled aggressors of Finn's sister's design may have found it easy to terrorize the smaller scaled Emmitt and company.
If you wanted to catalog which characters from The LEGO Movie would return for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, you'd probably be here all day. However, if there were two characters that could be deemed absolutely essential to return for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, it'd have to be Emmett and Wyldstyle - voiced by Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks, respectively. This theory is supported even more, considering the fact that the difference between female and male play mechanics is supposed to factor into The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part's story rather importantly. If we were to guess how Emmet and Wyldstyle would be affected by this, we'd say that Emmett's methods of dealing with the Duplo will be more aggressive and vehicle / weapons based, while Wyldstyle will want to engage in more creative and personal efforts with their would-be invaders. In other words, the newly minted couple of the LEGO world may be headed for rocky shores. Apologies to anyone who spent all this time creating a proper ship name (Emmstyle? Wyldmett?) for these two.
Emmet and Wyldstyle are clearly our main returning characters in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and there are quite a few other cast members scheduled to come back for the new film as well. As of this moment, the recurring cast members listed on the film's IMDB page, outside of Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks, are Will Arnett, who is coming back to reprise his role as Batman, Channing Tatum, who's bringing Superman back to the LEGO fold, Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, Alison Brie as Unikitty, Charlie Day as Benny the spaceman and Nick Offerman as Metal Beard. It's not impossible for others to return as well, but seeing as how no one else has been confirmed yet, we'll just have to wait and see what the film holds.
Anyone who enjoys a sequel knows that if The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is going to do well, it needs to add something new to the playset. While the story is looking to shape up rather well, there's going to be a need for new characters in this world, and unfortunately we don't have any specifics on what or who these players joining the game will be. We do know that Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish is going to be playing one of them, as she's the first newly minted cast member of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part's company. Her mysterious character is being mentioned as key to the new film's dramatis personae, so this has us hoping that she's either a comedic new partner that'll join Charlie Day's Benny in some hyper space themed shenanigans, or maybe even the leader of the Duplo invasion.
The trailer introduces us to a new character played by Stephanie Beatriz of Brooklyn Nine-Nine fame, Sweet Mayhem. Mayhem come to Bricksburg on the hunt for the fiercest leader, and ends up kidnapping the franchise's best known characters...with the exception of Emmet, who's then forced to go on a mission to save them. We're not yet sure what she intends to do with these characters, or the fierce leader she was looking for, either, for that matter, but right now she looks to be the main adversary of the movie. The only other new character listed on The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part's IMDB page is someone named Ice Cream Cone, who will be voiced by Arturo Castro (Broad City, Narcos).