Though the idea of making a movie about Legos initially sounded like a really bad one, once Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller pitched their take on the material it actually sounded pretty promising. Could a movie about little plastic blocks tell an engaging story that teaches children an important message? That’s a question that we won’t be able to answer for quite some time, but thanks to a report from Variety we now know a whole lot more about what this upcoming Lego movie will look like.
First of all, the project’s working title has now been confirmed as the project’s official title – that would be Lego: The Piece of Resistance. Thematically this makes sense, as Lord and Miller’s initial comments said that their main character would be an average guy living in Lego City who has to unlearn the town’s strict rules of always building things according to the instructions and figure out how to create something wholly original. It would seem that The Piece of Resistance’s protagonist is being set up as something of a revolutionary; both figuratively and literally according to new information from the Variety report.
The protagonist, who’s name has been revealed as Emmett, will be voiced by Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation). The new plot details reveal that Emmett is a law-abiding citizen who gets mistaken for a legendary MasterBuilder and is drafted into a secret fellowship of strangers who have come together to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the entire universe together. In a world of Legos, being unable to take everything apart and put it back together would be the worst fate imaginable. If that’s how you want to spend your time, you might as well take up model-building, and everyone knows that’s for dorks. What sort of a fellowship of beings would come together to save a world of plastic blocks, you might be asking? That’s where things get interesting.
Warner Bros. has had a deal with Lego for several years to sell Batman-themed playsets and video games, and apparently a recent expansion of that deal has given Lego access to the entire pantheon of DC Comics characters, including for use in this film. Not one to let an opportunity like this go to waste, Lord and Miller have written Lego Batman and Lego Superman into the script. Could they be two members of the secret society that Emmett becomes a part of? That remains to be seen, but what we do know is who will be voicing the characters. Will Arnett is on board to play Lego Batman, and Channing Tatum has been offered the role of Lego Superman. You know what this means, right? We finally get to find out who has the better Batman growl, Christian Bale or Gob Bluth! It’s a question that has plagued man for years, and somehow we have a Lego movie to thank for giving us an answer.