We’ve heard plenty of news surrounding The LEGO Batman Movie of late, and producer Warner Bros. has turned its attention to its other 2017 venture, revealing some intriguing plot details for the upcoming Ninjago Movie, as well as the film’s stellar cast.
According to an official press release, the 2017 brick-flick overlooks similar themes to The LEGO Movie, seeing the return of the legendary Master Builders with a fresh, Ninjago spin. You can read the official synopsis below, as shared in an official press release (via. Business Wire).
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.
The film also boasts a promising vocal cast, headed by none other than Jackie Chan as Master Wu (The Spy Next Door, The Karate Kid). Dave Franco (Neighbors, Now You See Me) will play Lloyd, while Megamind 2’s Justin Theroux is slated to play Garmadon. Olivia Munn (X-Men Apocalypse) is also signed on as Koko, Lloyd’s mother.
Meanwhile, lending their pipes to the film’s secret ninjas will be Fred Armisen (SNL) as Cole, Abbi Jacobson as Nya, Kumail Nanjiani as Jay, Zach Woods (Silicon Valley) as Zane, and Michael Pena (The Martian, Ant-Man) as Kai.
“We are thrilled with the star-studded voice cast slated for ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie.’” said Jill Wilfert, Vice President of Licensing and Entertainment, The LEGO Company.“Our fans know and love Ninjago characters for their personalities and skills, so it’s only fitting that we assemble a diverse and talented cast to bring the world of Ninjago to life on the big screen.”
Based on the popular LEGO playsets, The Ninjago Movie is the first film to be directed by Charlie Bean, known for his previous work on animated series, Tron: Uprising. LEGO Movie alumni Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will also return to produce, alongside executive producers Chris McKay, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan, Jill Wilfert and Keith Malone. Logan and Fisher are also behind the film’s screenplay, as well as producer Hilary Winston. Kevin and Dan Hageman, meanwhile, are behind the story.
The Ninjago Movie will release in cinemas on September 22 2017. While still a long way off, fans won’t have too long to wait until the next brickish adventure, with The LEGO Batman Movie releasing in the earlier part of the year, on February 10 2017.