Sony Pictures Animation has added James Corden and Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer to Emojimovie: Express Yourself, its summer 2017 pic that “reveals the Secret World inside your smartphone.” They join the previously set T.J. Miller in the lead voice cast. Check out the first image above.
Anthony Leondis is directing the story that takes place in Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression — except for Gene (Miller), who was born without a filter. Determined to become “normal,” he enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (Corden) and the notorious Jailbreak (Glazer). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” to find the code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.
Given that over six billion emojis are texted every day, this is a pretty universal theme which has the potential to tap into a wide global audience.
Michelle Raimo Kouyate is producing. Sony has set an August 11, 2017 release.