The Emoji Movie
|The Emoji Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tony Leondis|
|Produced by||Michelle Raimo Kouyate|
|Screenplay by||Eric Siegel
|Music by||Patrick Doyle|
|Edited by||William J. Caparella|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The Emoji Movie is an upcoming 2017 American 3D computer-animated buddy adventure comedy film written and directed by Tony Leondis and co-written by Eric Siegel and Mike White. It will star the voices of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Sofia Vergara, and Christina Aguilera. Produced by Sony Pictures Animation, the film is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017, by Columbia Pictures.
In a phone, the world of emojis exist solely to serve their purpose. When someone sends a text involving an emoji, that emoji is scanned and its all up to it to make the right face when it does. The film centers on Gene (T. J. Miller), a multi-expressional emoji who sets out on a journey to become a normal meh emoji like his parents (Steven Wright and Jennifer Coolidge) after causing a misconception emoji. Gene and his friends are part of the phone of a young boy named Alex (Jake T. Austin), and due to his blunder, Alex's social life is in fragments, and the world of emojis is in danger of being completely deleted when Alex brings his phone for a reboot. Not only does Gene want to fit in, but he also wants to fix his mess. He escapes the emoji city with his friends Jailbreak (Anna Faris), a rebellious codebreaker girl emoji and Hi-5 (James Corden), a hand-shaped emoji with legs. Together, they journey across familiar apps to the Cloud, the heart of the phone system to make Gene fit in and prevent the reboot. However, the emoji city president, Smiler (Maya Rudolph), a sassy lady emoji with a brilliant smile, is bent on deleting them to preserve the emoji world.
- T. J. Miller as Gene, an outsider emoji who can show multiple expressions
- Anna Faris as Jailbreak, a codebreaker emoji
- James Corden as Hi-5, a hand emoji
- Patrick Stewart as a poop emoji
- Maya Rudolph as Smiler, a smiley emoji
- Steven Wright as Mel Meh, Gene's emoji father
- Rob Riggle as an ice cream emoji
- Jennifer Coolidge as Mary Meh, Gene's emoji mother
- Jake T. Austin as Alex, the human
- Sofía Vergara as Flamenco Dancer
- Christina Aguilera as Akiko Glitter, a supercool dancer that lives inside the Just Dance app.
On July 21, 2015, it was announced that Sony Pictures Animation had won the bidding war against Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures over production rights of an animated film centered on emoji, based on a script by Eric Siegel and Tony Leondis, with Leondis also directing the film. Michelle Raimo Kouyate would produce the film. At 2016 CinemaCon, the film was officially announced and it was revealed that it would be set in the digital world in a smartphone.
In July 2016, Miller was announced as the lead Emoji Gene in a tweet by Sony Pictures Animation on World Emoji Day. In October 2016, it was announced that Ilana Glazer and Corden will be joining the cast as well. In December 2016, the film's title was renamed from Emojimovie: Express Yourself, to simply The Emoji Movie. Glazer was later replaced by Anna Faris.
In November 2015, Sony scheduled the film to be released on August 11, 2017. A year later, it was moved to August 4, 2017, with Baby Driver taking its date. In late March 2017, the film moved one week earlier to July 28, 2017, switching places with Sony Pictures' The Dark Tower.
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