Sunday, 26 July 2015

Michael Cera set to voice Lego Batman's Robin

The team behind The Lego Movie (2014) Lego Batman spin-off, already have Will Arnett set to return as the Dark Knight. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that they have picked his on-screen Arrested Development nephew, Michael Cera (Juno), to voice Batman's trusty sidekick Robin.

Cera feels like the perfect choice for this one, and we can already imagine his Robin as a nerdy, nervy and slightly whiny take on Bruce Wayne's ward, most likely a little sick of his boss's arrogant style and tired of his own sidekick status.

The people in charge of bringing the new film to life include Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) on script duty and Chris McKay (Robot Chicken), animation co-director/editor on The Lego Movie, directing. Franchise overlords Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) are producing. Promising to cover all aspects of the character's long history, Lego Batman will be with us on 10 February 2017.

In related Cera news, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that he has nabbed the film rights to True Grit writer Charles Portis' 1985 novel Masters Of Atlantis. Set in the early 20th Century, the comedy tome finds a young man becoming entangled with a quasi-religious cult called the Gnomon Society, which is dedicated to the secrets of Atlantis. He will be developing the script as a potential film for him to both star in and direct. And he has also lent his voice to another big animated feature, Seth Rogen's (This Is The End) Sausage Party, which opens here on 19 August next year. He will also be back for more Arrested Development, as a writer and actor, but there is no confirmed date for the show's return to Netflix.

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