By THE NATION
The flightless angry birds and scheming green piggies of the upcoming “The Angry Birds Movie 2” did just that for the cameras. Faced with a new avian costar/antagonist and armed with their signature slingshot, birds and pigs joined forces to fling a willing hatchling as part of a photo call this afternoon at the Carlton Hotel’s iconic pier.
Star Josh Gad (“Chuck”), producer John Cohen, and director Thurop Van Orman took the opportunity to unveil a new scene from the anticipated sequel, which will roll out globally starting in August through October.
"It's so cool to finally get to come to Cannes, especially for a movie I'm so proud of," said Van Orman. "...and what a sendoff, literally!"
Added Cohen, “Josh and I were here right before the premiere of the first film, in 2016, and that launched us to open at number one in 52 territories around the world. Now that Angry Birds is established as a film property, we're super excited to expand on the narrative and really have fun.”
Gad, Cohen, and Van Orman were joined onstage by some of the movie’s international star talent, including Sergey Burunov, who voices “Leonard” in Russia; Enzo Knol and Irma Knol, as Holland’s “Chuck” and “Bomb’s Mom,” respectively; and Sonia Plakidyuk, playing “Fuchsia” in Ukraine.
The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in “The Angry Birds Movie 2” when a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig 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.