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The LEGO Movie 2 Makes Fun of Chris Pratt and Hero Tropes in Hilarious New Trailer

Tiffany Haddish and Stephanie Beatriz join the sequel to the 2014 hit.

The trailer for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is here, bringing with it all the brick-based irreverence and humor that made its 2014 predecessor such a delight. The trailer finds everything decidedly not so awesome, as the Duplo invaders have turned Bricksburg into a Mad Max: Fury Road-style wasteland.

While Wyldstyle/Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) is in deep brood, Emmet (Chris Pratt) remains goofily oblivious to the ever-present bleakness.

After alien invader General Sweet Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) abducts Lucy and rest of Emmet’s friends, including emo Batman (Will Arnett) and Unikitty (Alison Brie), Emmet builds a spaceship to go rescue them. Along the way, he teams up with the Kurt Russell-style Rex Dangervest (also voiced by Pratt), a space-traveling archaeologist, cowboy, and raptor trainer. Rex is a send-up of Pratt’s roles in Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Magnificent Seven, with some Burt Macklin thrown in.

Together, Rex and Emmet must save the gang from Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), a shape-shifting alien queen of the Sistar system. Adding Beatriz and Haddish to the cast is a smart move, as Lucy suffered from the “only woman” syndrome in the first installment. Though Lucy is a fun take on the Mary Sue trope, it will be refreshing to see more female characters in the LEGO-verse.

The LEGO Movie had no business being as good as it was, but a brilliantly funny script and committed vocal performances made it an instant classic. The film’s success spun off two followups, The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie, both of which were released in 2017. The LEGO Movie poked fun at classic hero tropes, and its self-aware sense of humor made it a ridiculously entertaining film.

The original film’s writers and directors, Chris Lord and Phil Miller, returned to cowrite the sequel, but couldn’t direct it as they were busy with Solo: A Star Wars Story, a project that they ultimately left to much controversy. The sequel is instead directed by Mike Mitchell (Trolls, Sky High) and co-directed by Trisha Gum (Robot Chicken).

The LEGO Movie 2 comes out in February. What did you think of the trailer?

(via io9, image: screencap)

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