Ralph Fiennes To Voice A ‘Plastic’ Alfred In ‘The Lego Batman Movie’
Ralph Fiennes is the latest name to join the cast of The Lego Batman Movie. Fiennes will voice Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s butler and confidant.
The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that the “The Grand Budapest” actor will now be sticking together to Will Arnett’s Batman, Rosario Dawson’s Batgirl and Michael Cera’s Robin as the spin-off movie is slated for a February 10, 2017 release. Comedian Zack Galifianakis is still in talks to be the voice of the maniacal villain, Joker.
The 52-year-old actor, who made his directorial debut in 2011 with the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” is also noted for his extensive acting work on the “Harry Potter” film series as Lord Voldermort. He also played M in the 2012 James Bond film, “Skyfall.”
Chris McKay who also was the animation director for the “The Lego Movie” will be directing from a script penned by Seth Grahame-Smith. Producers for offshoot are Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Late last year, Lin mentioned to IGN that the frontrunners of “Lego Batman” proposed to both Warner Bros. and “The Dark Knight Trilogy” director Christopher Nolan their take of a cranky Cape Crusader.
‘You guys have your live-action Batman, we have what we called the LEGO Batman. A Batman that’s very self-aware. That is, you know, a bit of a jerk at times,” Lin said making it clear that their hero is from a different universe from the live-action and comic version Batman.
The sequel for Lego Movie has been moved to May 18, 2018 to accommodate Lego Batman in 2017 and a still unnamed spin-off also scheduled in the same year. A third spin-off with an unknown release date is also currently being developed.
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