Lovelace and Les Misérables actress Amanda Seyfried has been tapped to join Mark Wahlberg in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2. 2012’s Ted, which featured Wahlberg as best friends with an anthropomorphic, filthy-mouthed stuffed bear, voiced by MacFarlane, scored big with audiences, becoming the highest grossing R-rated film of the year, and also the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever, nailing a final box office haul of 549.4 million dollars worldwide.
Markedly absent from the conversation is MacFarlane collaborator Mila Kunis, voice of Meg Griffin on his Fox animated series Family Guy, and co-star of Wahlberg in the previous film as Mark’s love interest, Lori Collins. From what has been reported, there’s no conflict between the Black Swan actress and her network television boss, but rather, MacFarlane has simply decided to take the story in a new creative direction. There is still a chance she will appear in a limited role, but as the story is still being plotted, nothing can be definitively confirmed just yet.
For the uninitiated, 2012’s Ted is the story of young Bostonite John Bennett (Wahlberg), a lonely kid who wishes his stuffed bear Ted to life, and the lifelong friendship they share into adulthood when Ted’s existence is no longer a novelty to the world, and a pain in the ass to John’s lady friend. There’s lots of drinking, plenty of swearing, and a pretty fantastic cameo by Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones.
Seyfried isn’t a left-field choice to join the cast opposite the MacFarlane voiced Ted and Wahlberg, as she most recently co-starred in Seth’s upcoming comedy Western, A Million Ways to Die in the West, slated to hit theaters May 30 of this year. This will also, be the first time MacFarlane has stepped from behind the camera or out of the sound booth to join his cast on screen, which includes Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, and comedian Sarah Silverman. Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, and Liam Neeson have all provided their voice talent to Family Guy.
Ted 2 is set to arrive in theaters June 26, 2015.