Illumination/Universal Studios released the animated film Sing in 2016.
The film features an all-star cast of Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, and more. Illumination is working on the film’s 2021 sequel Following the success of the musical comedy-drama. This time they’ve asked actual musicians to join in.
Leading roles in Sing 2 are slated to be taken on by Pharrell, Halsey, and Bono. This will be Pharrell’s second time providing his vocals for an animated film as his hit track “Happy” appeared in the 2013 blockbuster Despicable Me 2. Halsey already has a handful of acting credits under her belt. As for Bono, this is his first time voicing an animated character in a film.
Illumination founder/CEO Chris Meledandri said Sing 2 is an immersive experience:
“Sing 2 transcends the animation genre, immersing audiences in a fully realized world populated by complex characters, each with bold aspirations and relatable challenges. We are thrilled that the Sing franchise attracts such exceptional talent, and we are delighted to announce this extraordinary cast. The film is a musical celebration of the unrelenting pursuit of one’s dreams, no matter how large the challenges that stand in your way. At its core this movie speaks to the power of optimism and belief.”
The three musicians joining the Sing 2 team isn’t the first news of a musician lending their vocals in a voice-acting role this month. Just last week, Kacey Musgraves revealed she landed a starring role in an upcoming Studio Ghibli film.
Titled Earwig And The Witch, Musgraves called the opportunity her “all-time biggest heart dream” come true.