In the CG animated comedy The Angry Birds Movie 2, three flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level.
When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird Island and Piggy Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck's sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.
Featuring an all-star voice cast that also includes Leslie Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Pete Davidson, Zach Woods, Maya Rudolph, Dove Cameron, Lil Rel Howery, Tony Hale, Beck Bennett, Nicki Minaj, JoJo Siwa, and Brooklynn Prince. The Sony Pictures Animation presentation in association with Rovio Entertainment is directed by Thurop Van Orman and produced by John Cohen. The screenplay is by Peter Ackerman and Eyal Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart.
Based upon Rovio's phenomenally successful gaming experience, which has seen over four billion downloads to date, The Angry Birds Movie became a global box-office hit. With delightful and always surprising characters, inventive physical humor, a high-gloss and richly colourful look, and an abundance of puns, the film appealed to kids, their parents, and all ages in-between.
The filmmakers were eager to explore a new chapter in the saga of the flightless birds. 'We were so excited that The Angry Birds Movie took the world by storm and created a worldwide fanbase," says producer John Cohen. 'Audiences enjoyed seeing the recognizable characters from the game come to life on the big screen, and we couldn't wait to jump on the opportunity to expand the universe."
In the first film, Red (Jason Sudeikis) was the angriest of the angry birds - an always-aggravated outcast on the otherwise tranquil Bird Island. But Red was the only one with the courage to discover and take on the threat of a team of pigs, led by Leonard (Bill Hader), who were determined to steal the birds' precious eggs. Red, aided by his best pals, Chuck (Josh Gad), a quick-witted and fleet-footed canary with the need for speed, and Bomb (Danny McBride), a sweet but occasionally explosive guy, led the birds to victory in their battle against the thieving pigs.
Now, in this new adventure, Red is a hero beloved by all on Bird Island. Meanwhile, the bird-pig conflict has devolved into a war of pranks. That all changes when gigantic ice balls begin falling from the sky, onto both Bird Island and Piggy Island. A new and ice-cold threat has emerged from a mysterious third island, and things get even more confusing when Leonard pays a covert visit to Red, suggesting that their respective communities join forces against their common enemy. This is now a bird AND pig problem, Leonard insists, and if they can't work together, both islands will be destroyed.
'We wanted a big idea - in fact, several big ideas - so we introduced an island that the birds and pigs didn't even know existed, leaving them no choice but to team up," notes Cohen.
Red is distrustful, but sees he has no choice. Says Jason Sudeikis: 'All of a sudden, the pigs want a truce? Why? Because there's another island that's hurling unidentified flying objects - some kind of ice bombs - into their respective neighborhoods. So, the pigs have to pair up with the birds, which kinda bums Red out a little bit. He's not sure he can maintain his hero status, but he's gotta do what he's gotta do, right?"
The enemies must become frenemies, and form a superteam comprised of Red, Chuck, Bomb, Leonard, the majestic but deeply flawed Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) and new recruits, Silver (Rachel Bloom), Chuck's savvy sister, and an engineer with all the answers; Courtney (Awkwafina), Leonard's cute and sassy assistant; and Garry, a grumpy porcine scientist who provides all of Piggy Island's high tech.
The new motley crew discovers that winter is coming to their islands via the icy projectiles being fired from Eagle Island, over which Zeta (Leslie Jones) reigns with the help of chief scientist Glenn (Eugenio Derbez). Tired of the frozen conditions of her world, Zeta decides to seize Bird and Piggy Islands to create a new paradise - for herself.
Facing a final countdown, our bird and pig all-stars must travel undetected to Eagle Island, infiltrate Zeta's lair, and neutralize her super-weapon.
As the heroes race to save their homes, a parallel adventure is unfolding, as the beloved and mega-cute Hatchlings (young baby birds) introduced in The Angry Birds Movie, are up to their old tricks, via a role-playing-game-gone-wrong - proving that no hatchling is too small to dream big!
It's an evocative word indicating a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry. And it's a perfectly succinct description of the idea hatched by the filmmakers to bring the world of Angry Birds to a new level. 'We started with that idea, knowing there'd be so much comedy and conflict to be mined from the two enemy factions - the birds and pigs - being forced to work together," Cohen explains. 'That would lead to trust issues, clashes of egos, a lot of friction, and more character-based comedy. We wanted to surprise audiences with a new energy and comedy 'motor.'"
Cohen further characterises the new film as a 'mission movie" about a core team of characters coming together to pull off a daunting task, which in turn, says Cohen, provides 'opportunities for action and adventure different from what audiences experienced in the first film."
Bringing a fresh take on the characters and their mission is director Thurop Van Orman, making his big-screen directorial debut after helming the popular Cartoon Network series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Adventure Time with Finn & Jake. Says Van Orman: 'With The Angry Birds Movie 2, I was always looking to maximise the visual humor, which translates to every age, region and background."
Back to anchor the all-new adventure are our three angry birds: Red, Chuck, and Bomb. But having experienced a heroic adventure in the first film, the flightless trio have undergone some changes. 'Each character brings something unique to the table to help get the job done," says Cohen.
Following the events of the first film, Red, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, has achieved 'hero status" on Bird Island, a badge of honor he wears proudly. He's now dedicated his life to keeping the population of Bird Island safe from all outside forces. But don't let the heroic exterior fool you: Red still lacks some of the basic social skills needed to fully connect with other birds and has some deep-seated insecurities.
So, there's still some room for Red to work on himself - as a hero and as an 'angry bird." 'We wanted this film to be a new type of hero story and to focus on the next stage of Red's development," Cohen adds. 'Red doesn't yet fully understand that trust and teamwork can get you a lot farther than you can go on your own, and he's a little reluctant to embark on the journey to Eagle Island because he's worried about losing everything he's built since he led the battle against the pigs."
Like all the returning cast members, Sudeikis had a deep emotional investment in his character, which, says Van Orman, adds significantly to Red's appeal and fun. 'Jason and all our actors were eager to explore new facets of their roles.Jason now knows Red backwards and forwards, and came in ready to hit the ground running."
'What I love about Red is how he slowly transforms as this adventure unfolds," Sudeikis reveals. 'As a parent of two kids, myself, and just as a person currently on planet Earth, the film's themes of working together and trying to empathise with your fellow man - or bird - are timely and important."
Super-speedster Chuck remains by his best buddy Red's side and is the catalyst for Red's emotional journey. As brought to life by Josh Gad, Chuck thinks and talks fast - and moves even faster. Despite his frenetic energy and lack of a filter when speaking, Chuck's speed proves to be a vital tool in the mission to Eagle Island. But the addition of Chuck's brainy sister Silver propels the character to new heights. 'Josh Gad couldn't wait to push Chuck even further, and have him be even more hyperactive and manically funny," says Van Orman. 'It was fun to experience with Josh how much more 'pushed' Chuck could be."
The original big three is rounded out by Bomb, who's a bit of a dim bulb with a big heart. His larger-than-life personality and size make the superteam anything but subtle - but Bomb's willingness to try anything will help the squad in a time of need. Popular comic actor Danny McBride reprises the role, which Van Orman notes is a perfect match of character and artist. 'Danny is one of the funniest people I've ever worked with," he enthuses. 'I'd keel over laughing during his voice recording sessions."
Then, there's the return of Mighty Eagle, who was once a legend of mythical proportions in the bird community. The flock grew up with songs and tales of his amazing adventures, and because of Mighty Eagle's giant majestic wings, he is the only bird capable of flight. But his once-awestruck neighbors eventually learned he had some serious wings of clay and was revealed to have been hiding on Bird Island for years, clearly afraid of facing his past. This time, 'We learn why Mighty Bird has been in hiding, from whom he was hiding, and his connection to Eagle Island," teases Cohen.
Peter Dinklage again brings his unique talents to the voice of Mighty Eagle, but the actor's participation in The Angry Birds Movie 2 required some rather soaring feats of scheduling to accommodate his concurrent work on the final season of Game of Thrones. 'Peter has so much fun with this goofball, Mighty Eagle, which couldn't have been easy for him, as he was also playing a dark chapter in the life of his Thrones character, Tyrion," says Van Orman.
Still, Dinklage says he was more than ready to take flight once again as Mighty Eagle. 'When I heard that a second Angry Birds movie was in the works, my first thought was, what took you so long? I've been waiting!" He also sparked to Mighty Eagle's long-held secret, which adds memorable twists and revelations to his - and everyone's - journey. 'Mighty Eagle has some knowledge of Eagle Island, and that makes him perfect to help the team infiltrate the island," Dinklage hints. 'But you may remember that Mighty Eagle isn't always at his mightiest, so that will also have an impact on their adventure."
The uneasy and hilarious détente forged between Red and Leonard is captured by Sudeikis and Bill Hader, who returns as the leader of Piggy Island. When Leonard arrives at Red's doorstep with a story about a third island whose leader is planning to destroy both their islands, Red has no choice but to (reluctantly) trust him. Still, Leonard remains narcissistic and manipulative, as he and Red jockey for control of the superteam of frenemies they've assembled. Bill Hader, who recently finished the second season of HBO series 'Barry" and will soon be seen in It: Chapter Two, is back as the officious pig, bringing his formidable comedic skills to the role. 'Bill is super-smart and super-funny - and always knows when he nails a scene," marvels Van Orman.
Central to building upon the adventure, comedy and fun of the first film was the creation of new characters - allies, foes and frenemies. A key new asset to the team of heroes is Silver, a grad student at Avian Academy, where she is earning her degree in engineering. Silver also happens to be Chuck's younger sister, sharing his cheerful, outgoing, and energetic personality. Silver is blessed with a gift for speed, but it's her brain that's extra-quick. Combine that with her energetic, outgoing personality, and there's bound to be friction - and all kinds of sparks - with Red.
"We wanted Silver to be funny, smart and quick like her brother Chuck," Cohen explains. "But the most impressive aspect of Silver is that she thinks fast, which is her superpower."
Silver's quicksilver brain doesn't initially endear her to Red, who's constantly being challenged by the team's rising star. "Red and Silver are at odds with each other," confirms Rachel Bloom, who voices Silver. "Red is threated by Silver because she sees through him and understands immediately that he's angry because he's scared. Red doesn't appreciate that kind of insight."
Bloom enjoyed exploring the character's other facets, particularly Silver's off-the-charts emotional I.Q. "Silver is not only a literal genius, she's also great with other birds," Bloom says. "Sometimes intellectually gifted characters are awkward about interacting with others, but Silver is always empathetic; she's in touch with who she is and knows how to work with others."
Cohen and Van Orman note that Bloom brings more to the role than even they had envisioned. "Rachel, as a writer and actor, had everything we wanted for the character," says Cohen. "She added so many wonderful qualities to Silver."
Adds Van Orman: "I'd been a fan of Rachel's television series, 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and was thrilled when she came aboard and brought so much of herself to Silver. We really needed her perspective. More than anything, she brought an incredible realness to the role."
A very different kind of perspective is provided by "Saturday Night Live" legend Leslie Jones, who voices the villainous eagle Zeta - her first lead role in an animated feature film. Zeta is the frustrated and gangly ice queen of Eagle Island, who years ago, suffered a loss that has left her as cold as her frigid surroundings. Tired of living (and shivering) on a frozen island of snow and ice, she dreams of sipping piña coladas on the warm, tropical beaches of Bird Island and Piggy Island. She's sarcastic and selfish, and just conceited enough to believe she can take the two other islands for herself.
Jones seems destined to play the ultimate bad-bird. "During the casting process, we happened to see Leslie on a late-night talk show, where she revealed that it was her dream to play a villain," remembers Van Orman. "So, we grabbed that opportunity and to no one's surprise, Leslie was perfect as Zeta. She gives you everything you want in a villain; Zeta is big and over the top, but Leslie makes you understand her plight. Zeta's not going about solving her problems the right way, but you still feel for her."
One eagle definitely feeling Zeta's pain is Debbie, the queen's doting but super-clumsy right-hand-eagle. Debbie worships Zeta; there's nothing she wouldn't do for her queen / pal, including planning her schedule, organizing her personal life, or even doubling as a psychologist when Zeta has no one else to talk to.
Zeta also relies heavily on Glenn, her chief scientist and the architect of a comedic superweapon, which the intrepid pig / bird superteam must destroy to save their respective islands. Glenn is understandably nervous, knowing that his predecessors didn't keep their jobs long enough to see the weapon come to fruition. He's equally anxious about the fact that the weapon is not being used in the way Glenn had envisioned and has doubts about its repurposing.
Voicing Glenn is noted international actor / filmmaker Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) - the first time he's created a role in an English-language film. Says Cohen: "Eugenio is an incredibly gifted comedian, actor, filmmaker and writer, and brings unexpected dimensions to the character."
"Eugenio takes Glenn in directions even we couldn't have anticipated," confirms Van Orman. "He really internalises Glenn's behavior; he makes us understand that Glenn is the smartest guy in any room, which he conveys by constantly mumbling under his breath. It's very funny and revealing about the character."
Back with (Super)Team Frenemies, we meet another tech-wiz, or more specifically, tech-pig, Garry, the mastermind behind the cool gadgets the guys use to sneak onto Eagle Island and attempt to disarm Zeta's mega-weapon. Garry is highly intelligent, super confident, and somewhat arrogant. Every team of agents needs their quartermaster, inventor of secret gadgets to ease the way out of any scrape - except that Garry's inventions aren't that great. He is based inside the high-tech Piggy Lab, working closely with his less-than-skilled team of guinea pigs. But when Garry is recruited to join the heist team, he's going to have to check his ego at the door and attempt to work well with others.
With Garry, the filmmakers cast somewhat against type, with the role going to Sterling K. Brown, the acclaimed star of the dramas "This is Us" and "The People v. O.J. Simpson." But Cohen says Brown was an easy pick. "Not many people realise how hysterically funny he is. Sterling created a voice and personality for Garry that is both pompous and nerdy."
"Garry was written as being affected and egotistical, but who's really not as good as he thinks he is," adds Van Orman. "It was fun to watch Sterling become Garry, because the character, who always has a bad attitude, is Sterling's polar opposite."
"Garry is a bit of a nerd - and a little bit inept at his job, but he always does his best," confesses Brown. "For example, he makes this 'InvisiSpray' that will turn you invisible. Unfortunately, there's no way to make you visible again."
Brown also gives the Garry a British accent, paying homage to another fictional tech wizard audiences may recognise, and the mastermind behind the arsenal of wondrous gadgetry wielded by 007. "We played around with a few different voices for Garry before we landed on this kind of silly British accent," says Brown. "Brits - please don't get mad at me; you guys do American accents all the time," he adds with a laugh.
Another key member of the unexpected alliance is Courtney, Leonard's new piggy assistant. Even though she spends more time texting and listening to music than actually working, Courtney is probably the most competent and skilled assistant Leonard has ever had, which isn't saying much. And when Leonard barks orders, like asking her to actually work, Courtney takes it all in stride - but she occasionally dishes out some wicked retorts when Leonard underestimates her.
Actor / rapper Awkwafina, who shot to superstardom last year with starring roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8, voices Courtney. Cohen notes that he was a fan of the young star well before her high-profile big-screen triumphs. "I'd been following Awkwafina's music and YouTube videos for years. She has such a distinctive comic voice, through which her personality really shines through," he explains.
Van Oman adds that he, too, was fan of Awkwafina's web videos, and lauds the unexpected traits she gives Courtney. "The character wears her heart on her sleeve, and Awkwafina really brings that to life. Courtney is funny and quick, and Awkwafina gave her some fun, off-the-cuff grumblings that really painted a picture of the character's challenges on the mission."
Once the Team arrives at Eagle Island, they must make their way to the super-weapon and then somehow disarm this heavily-guarded, ice bomb-spewing threat. So, they hatch an intricate plan: Chuck, Bomb, Courtney, Leonard, and Garry collectively don the costume of an eagle / security guard, "Harvey." As the eagles are several times the size of the birds and pigs it takes all five of them working inside the suit, not always in unison, to nab a security pass from another guard... who's taking care of business at a urinal. Rich with intricate choreography and broad physical comedy, the sequence was conceived by story artist Erica Jones.
"Harvey's" odyssey is inadvertently abetted by Jerry and Carl (Pete Davidson, Zach Woods), two dim-witted eagle security guards with a passion for pumping iron and reading trashy novels on the job. They are responsible for keeping the impenetrable super-weapon locked down at all times. Sort of.
While the pigs and birds are joining forces to save their islands, another adventure is unfolding, courtesy of three adorable hatchlings. The trio of baby birds - Zoe (pink), Vivi (green) and Sam-Sam (beige) - are re-enacting the events of The Angry Birds Movie as they honor their new hero, Red. When an outside force endangers some eggs, the youngsters find themselves embarking on an epic quest to rescue them.
"Playing 'pigs' and 'birds', they realise they rocks they've been using to stand in for the eggs don't cut it," Cohen elaborates. "So they borrow Zoe's still unhatched baby sisters from the crib, only to see a wave yank the eggs away."
With their big screen debut in the first film, the adorable hatchlings stole the hearts of audiences around the world, and the filmmakers knew they was much more humor, adventure and uber-cuteness to be explored with their antics in the new story.
"In this film, they provide a different flavor of comedy relief from the comically intense scenes of the team infiltrating Eagle Island," says Van Orman. "Theirs is a big adventure in its own right, which ultimately dovetails into the main story. They are a big part of the movie."
Two of the chief architects of The Angry Bird Movie 2's unique and vibrant looks are production designer Pete Oswald and character art director Francesca Natale. Together, "they created unforgettable and distinct characters, as well as beautiful locations," says Cohen.
Having highlighted the exotic, sub-tropical islands of the birds and pigs in the first film, the filmmakers now wanted to create new visual elements, which led to the frozen climes of Eagle Island, an angry volcano, and a superweapon of incalculable power. "We wanted to create a new world for our characters, that felt different from Bird Island and Piggy Island," Cohen adds.
Eagle Island's icy environs also provide important character motivations. "Its climate is the driving force of Zeta's story and quest, and gives Zeta a relatable issue to solve - something I understand, having grown up experiencing Michigan's freezing winters," Cohen adds with a laugh.
Van Orman and his design teams worked to expand the colour palette to push the fantastical elements. "Ice refracts light, so we got to play with a lot of colours, and we could also pull a lot out of the lava, and play with the temperatures and lights shining through it, to facilitate a spectrum of colours, and not just a fiery orange," he explains.
The colours, textures, designs, and character work come together to create a big, broad-audience animated event. "Audiences will love the comedy and characters," comments Jason Sudeikis. "We're coming at you a million miles per hour with this film."
"First and foremost, The Angry Birds Movie 2 is a comedy," says Cohen. "But we're also proud of its message about the importance of teamwork, and that there's always a way to find common ground or a shared purpose."
"The film's sweet spot is that it's an hilarious and emotional rollercoaster ride, and will give audiences a special kind of adventure," Van Orman concludes.
Jason Sudeikis (Red) was born in Fairfax, Virginia, but grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. After high school, he received a basketball scholarship to a local junior college. As a class clown and a self-admitted "procrastinator," he frequently dribbled himself in and out of trouble while in college. He began his path in show business by driving 40 miles every weekend to take classes at the ComedySportz Theater (now Comedy City) in Kansas City. Leaving basketball and college behind, he made his way to Chicago, where he performed with the Second City National Touring Company, Improv Olympic, The Annoyance Theater, and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. He then moved to Nevada, where he became a founding member of the Second City Las Vegas. In 2003, Sudeikis was encouraged by his uncle George Wendt (Cheers) to send a tape of his work to the producers of Saturday Night Live. Sudeikis started on the show as a staff writer, and after two years and many auditions, he found himself in front of the camera and never looked back. In the summer of 2013, Sudeikis completed his eighth and final season as a cast member on "SNL", having won over audiences with his impersonations of Vice President Joe Biden, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and the hip-hop dancer recurring character in the "What's Up With That" sketch.
Sudeikis is currently developing a 10-episode show for Apple with Bill Lawrence, in which he will write, star, and executive produce. He can also be seen playing Principal Brown in Olivia Wilde's newest feature, Booksmart.
Sudeikis stars in the upcoming drama/mystery Driven, where he plays conman-turned-FBI-informant Jim Hoffman as he and his handler take down the mysterious, wealthy, and drug-embroiled millionaire John DeLorean (played by Lee Pace). Nick Hamm directs the feature, filmed in Puerto Rico, which is produced by Tempo Productions' Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford alongside Pimienta Film Company and Blue Rider Pictures.
He also stars opposite Ed Harris and Elizabeth Olsen in Kodachrome, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released on Netflix in April of 2018. Directed by Mark Raso and produced by Shawn Levy's 21 Laps, the film follows Sudeikis and Harris as a father and son who team up to try to reach a special Kansas City photo lab before it closes its doors for good.
He can also be seen in Alexander Payne's latest feature, Downsizing, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and hit theaters Christmas 2017. The Paramount film is a social satire about a man who decides to shrink himself in hopes of having a better life. Produced by Jim Burke, Megan Ellison, and Payne, Sudeikis appears opposite Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, and Christoph Waltz.
Other recent films include Nacho Vigolando's sci-fi thriller Colossal starring opposite Anne Hathaway for Voltage Pictures. Prior to that, Sudeikis starred in the indie drama The Book of Love, directed by Bill Purple. He played the leading man in Sean Mewshaw's independent drama Tumbledown, opposite Rebecca Hall, which had a limited release February 2016. Also in 2016, Sudeikis took another dramatic turn in his work by playing a lead in Race for Focus Features. Sudeikis stars opposite Jeremy Irons as Owens' obsessive coach and mentor Larry Synder. He also had turns in Leslye Headland's Sleeping With Other People, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, as well as 2016's heist comedy Masterminds with Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristin Wiig.
Taking his talents to the stage in late 2016, Sudeikis led Dead Poets Society at the acclaimed Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway, where he played the iconic role of Professor John Keating. Adapted by the original scribe of the Academy Award® winning film, John Doyle directed the stage adaptation of this beloved tale of a rigorous all-boys prep school whose students are inspired by Keating to defy conformity and live passionately.
In 2014, Sudeikis reprised his role opposite Charlie Day and Jason Bateman in the highly anticipated sequel Horrible Bosses 2 for New Line Cinema. Directed by Sean Anders, the film also starred Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. In 2013, he starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in New Line Cinema's box office smash We're the Millers which grossed over $270,000,000 worldwide at the box office.
His other film credits include Sony Pictures' animated feature Angry Birds, where he voices the hero Red, and Twentieth Century Fox's animated feature Epic, which also starred Beyoncé Knowles and Amanda Seyfried; Warner Brothers The Campaign starring alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis and directed by Jay Roach; Garry Marshall's ensemble Mother's Day alongside Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston; New Line's Hall Pass in which he starred opposite Owen Wilson in the Farrelly Brothers comedy; The Bounty Hunter, with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler; New Line's Going the Distance, opposite Drew Barrymore and Justin Long; and What Happens in Vegas, with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. He also made appearances in The Ten, Watching the Detectives, Bill, Semi-Pro, and The Rocker.
Sudeikis still enjoys work on the small screen. He appeared in a multi-episode arc on FOX's hit comedy Last Man on Earth with his fellow SNL alum Will Forte, and recently reprised the role for the final episodes of the fourth season. He is currently executive producing the workplace buddy comedy Detroiters on Comedy Central with Lorne Michaels. He also lent his voice to the lead animated character in the FOX comedy Son of Zorn.
His past television credits include a multiple episodes of the HBO series East Bound & Down, and an arc on NBC's Emmy Award- winning show 30 Rock, where he garnered rave reviews. Sudeikis appeared in 12 episodes as Tina Fey's charmingly funny love interest, Floyd. Sudeikis portrayed the voice of two principle characters on Fox's hit animated comedy series The Cleveland Show by creator Seth MacFarlane. Sudeikis also guest starred on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as the forgotten fourth member of the Paddy's gang, Schmitty.
In March 2014, Sudeikis presented awards for Best Live Action Short and Best Documentary Short Subject at the 86th Academy Awards® alongside Kate Hudson. Sudeikis also hosted the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.
Josh Gad (Chuck) brings incredible wit, humour and depth to all of his roles from a Summer-loving snowman to a wacky Mormon missionary.
Gad just premiered his film Little Monsters at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which also stars Lupita Nyong'o and Alexander England and will be distributed by Neon in Fall of 2019.
He recently starred in Universal's A Dog's Journey where he reprised his role as Bailey, and his upcoming projects include Disney's Artemis Fowl opposite Judi Dench for director Kenneth Branagh, and on November 22nd, 2019 he will be back as Olaf in Disney's Frozen 2. His recent films include Open Road's Marshall, Fox's Murder on the Orient Express, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. He is currently in production on HBO's Avenue 5 from creator Armando Iannucci.
Gad will next be heard in Apple's animated musical comedy Central Park which tells the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park. He will star opposite Leslie Odom Jr, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci and Daveed Diggs.
Additional film credits include starring alongside Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage in Sony's Pixels, starring opposite Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer, Zach Braff's indie project, Wish I Was Here, starring as the loveable sidekick Olaf in Disney's award-winning animated film, Frozen, Angry Birds, the Steve Job's biopic, Jobs; Thanks for Sharing with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins; Shawn Levy's The Internship, opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; Ed Zwick's Love & Other Drugs, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Hank Azaria; Shawn Levy's The Rocker, alongside Rainn Wilson; 21, opposite Kate Bosworth, Lawrence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey; and Crossing Over, with Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. Other voice credits include Ice Age: Continental Drift, alongside Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez and John Leguizamo.
In 2015, Gad starred alongside Billy Crystal in the FX show The Comedians about a veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comedian for a late-night comedy sketch show.
In 2012, Gad served as an executive producer, co-creator and star on NBC's family comedy 1600 Penn. He played Skip Gilchrist, the clumsy eldest son of the President (Bill Pullman), whose sincere attempts to do the right thing often go awry. Gad has also lent his voice to Woodie on MTV's animated series Good Vibes and played the title role on BBC Worldwide's Gigi: Almost American. He has guest-starred on hit series such as New Girl and Modern Family.
Gad also took Broadway by storm starring as Elder Cunningham in the Tony Award-winning comedy musical Book of Mormon. Gad was nominated for Tony, Drama League, and Astaire awards, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award. He made his Broadway debut in a Tony-winning production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
After graduating from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Gad began his career in the theater. He then turned his sights to comedy, co-founding his own company, The Lost Nomads Comedy Troupe.
Bill Hader (Leonard) made the switch from being a master of impressions on Saturday Night Live to creating, directing, writing, producing and starring as a burned out assassin trying to break into the LA theater scene in HBO's Barry.
With its second season recently concluded, Barry only got darker, funnier and more addictive. In 2018's first season, the series received 13 Emmy nominations, including victories for Best Actor and co-star Henry Winkler for Best Supporting Actor. Hader, a member of the unofficial "Four Guild Club", was bestowed awards from the Directors Guild (DGA), Writers Guild (WGA) and Producers Guild (PGA) and was nominated for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe Awards. Barry also received an AFI Award and an Peabody Award as well.
Hader is also co-creator of IFC's Documentary Now! which was named one of the best TV shows of 2015 by The New York Times. Hader spent eight seasons on Saturday Night Live and garnered four Emmy Award nominations for his work on the series.
He has starred in such films as Trainwreck, Superbad, Pineapple Express, and Tropic Thunder. He segued to show his versatility with a dramatic role in 2014's critically acclaimed feature film The Skeleton Twins opposite his former SNL castmate, Kristen Wiig. He will next be seen in It Chapter Two, the sequel to the 2017 hit IT, which will be released in September.
Rachel Bloom (Silver) is best known as the star of the network musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which she co-created and executive produced alongside Aline Brosh McKenna. Bloom starred as Rebecca Bunch, a successful, driven, and arguably crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything - partnership at a prestigious law firm, an upscale apartment in Manhattan - in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in suburban West Covina, California. The series debuted on The CW Network in October 2015 to positive reviews. For her performance, Bloom won both the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy and Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy. She has also been included in myriad "Best Performers of 2015" lists.
Bloom has been prominently featured in The New York Times Magazine, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, Time, and Backstage, among others. Well known for her comedy music videos on YouTube under the name "Racheldoesstuff", her channel currently has over 60,000 subscribers. Bloom released her first Internet music video "F*ck Me, Ray Bradbury" in 2010. The video went viral and was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form and won Best Music Video at Dragon*Con. Her comedic music videos have appeared on the Onion/AV Club, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Cracked, among others.
In 2012, Bloom performed in the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in the "New Faces: Characters" Showcase. She performs all over Los Angeles, and her other touring performance credits include Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Arlington Drafthouse and The Limestone Comedy Festival. Her past acting work includes How I Met Your Mother and The Fuzz; voice work includes Bojack Horseman, Robot Chicken and the CW web-series Very Mallory. She has written and starred in two live musical sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and New York: Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat!!! and Sing Out, Louise! Her writing credits include Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, Fox's Allen Gregory, and Lucasfilm's upcoming Star Wars Detours. She has also released two albums: "Please Love Me" (a compilation of old/new hits) and "Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album)."
After attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for theater, where she served as head writer and director of the prestigious Hammerkatz sketch group, Bloom studied improv and sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. She has been named one of Variety's 10 Scribes To Watch for 2015, as well as a Comic to Watch by Cosmopolitan, Time Out LA and other publications.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Awkwafina (Courtney) is an American actress, writer, rapper and musician from Queens, New York. She grew up with her given name, Nora Lum, and has since used her trademark comedic style and signature flair to become a breakout talent in the entertainment industry.
Right now, Lum is receiving glowing reviews for her starring role in the indie darling The Farewell, currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on a true story about a family saying goodbye to their beloved matriarch - the only person who doesn't know she is dying. In just its first weekend in four theaters only, the film beat the record of biggest per-theater average of the year, previously held by Avengers: Endgame, the highest-grossing movie in history. The small family drama quickly won over viewers and critics alike, with many calling it one of the best films of 2019.
Lum brings an impressive range of talent to everything she does, most famously to Warner Bros.' smash hit Crazy Rich Asians, opposite Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding and Ken Jeong, in which she starred as Peik Lin. The film opened on August 15, 2018 to rave reviews and four straight weekends of $20+ million at the box office. Lum hosted Saturday Night Live that same year as part of the show's 44th season.
She starred in another Warner Bros. feature, Ocean's 8, directed by Gary Ross and alongside an impeccable ensemble cast including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. Prior to that, she starred in the indie comedy Dude, written and directed by Olivia Milch.
In 2016, Lum made her feature film debut in the comedy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne, and was heard as the voice of Quail in the animated adventure Storks.
Two-time Emmy Award winning actor Sterling K. Brown (Garry) currently stars in NBC's Emmy and Golden Globe nominated drama series This Is Us. For his role as Randall Pearson, Brown has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a Golden Globe, becoming the first African American actor to win his category in the award show's 75-year history. Additionally, Brown made history by becoming the first African American actor to receive the SAG Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama. He has also received two SAG awards alongside his cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. In 2018, Brown was included in TIME magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.
This year, in addition to The Angry Birds Movie 2, Brown will star in three films set for theatrical release. He will star opposite Blake Lively and Jude Law in Paramount's spy thriller The Rhythm Section. Additionally, Brown will lend his voice to Disney's highly anticipated Frozen 2 and star in A24's Waves alongside Lucas Hedges. He is currently in production on the third season of the Emmy-winning Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, in which he will guest star.
In 2018, Brown created Indian Meadows Productions under a pact with 20th Century Fox. The company's chief mandate is to champion diversity while developing and producing entertaining, educational, and edifying projects for broadcast, cable and streaming. Indian Meadows is attached to executive produce a limited series adaptation of author Esi Edugyan's award-winning novel Washington Black for 20th Century Fox TV.
Also in 2018, Brown co-starred in Marvel's Academy Award® winning film Black Panther. The blockbuster broke worldwide box office records in its release, with Brown earning a SAG Award alongside the ensemble cast. Brown also led the cast of Fox's sci-fi thriller The Predator and starred in the action film Hotel Artemis, alongside Jodie Foster and Brian Tyree Henry. In 2017, Brown co-starred in the drama Marshall, receiving an NAACP Image Award nomination for his performance. In 2016, Brown co-starred alongside Tina Fey in Paramount's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Additional film credits include Our Idiot Brother, The Suspect, Righteous Kill, Trust the Man, and Spaceman.
For his 2018 television work, Brown received additional Emmy nominations for his role on This is Us, as well as his guest-starring comedy role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In addition to his Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG accolades for his performance on This Is Us, Brown has also won an NAACP Image Award and Critics Choice Award, and has been nominated for a BET Award, TCA Award and a Teen Choice Award. In 2016, Brown portrayed prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX's highly-rated award-winning television event series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. He won an Emmy Award and Critics' Choie Award for the role and was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and NAACP Image Award.
For seven years, Brown portrayed Dr. Roland Burton in the critically acclaimed Lifetime series Army Wives. His additional television credits include hosting Saturday Night Live, Insecure, Supernatural, Person of Interest, Masters of Sex, The Mentalist, Castle, and Criminal Minds.
A lover of theater, Brown has performed in a variety of staged shows, including NY and LA productions of Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3), for which he won an NAACP Theatre Award and was nominated for an Ovation Award. His additional stage credits include Macbeth, The Brother/Sister Plays, and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui opposite Al Pacino.
Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Stanford University, before receiving his Master's Degree in Fine Arts from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.