Nicki Minaj is set to star in the Angry Birds movie 2 in an unspecified role. The film will be directed by Thurop Van Orman and co-directed by John Rice.
Behind mega-hits like “Super Bass,” “Starships,” and “Anaconda,” Minaj has earned the most entries to Billboard’s Hot 100 chart among all women artists of any genre.
Along with Minaj, other new voices attached to The Angry Birds Movie sequel include Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloo, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, and Zach Woods.
This is not Minaj’s first time in a film as she has previously featured in “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, “Barbershop: The Next Cut” and The Other Woman.
Initially announcing the sequel late last year, Rovio Entertainment — the developer behind the mobile game — CEO Kati Levoranta was thrilled to be able to work with Sony Pictures Animation again.
“We are thrilled to be teaming up again with Sony Pictures after the fantastic cooperation in the first movie and I can’t wait to experience the new journey in the upcoming film,” commented Kati Levoranta, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. “Rovio is continuing to focus on creating exciting new stories and experiences around our games and we’re eager to take fans back into the vibrant Angry Birds world on the big screen.”
“The Angry Birds Movie took the world by storm last year, creating a whole new legion of fans worldwide,” said Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures. “We had an incredible experience working with our friends and creative partners at Rovio, and now we – including our team at Sony Pictures Imageworks – are ready to launch into this next adventure.”
The release date for “Angry Birds Movie 2” coincides with the 10th anniversary of the hit video game. The “Angry Birds” games have been downloaded more than four billion times. “Angry Birds” grossed over N127 billion ($350 million) worldwide, including N39 million ($107.5 million) domestically, in 2016.
The film, directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, was set on an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds — except for Red (voiced by Sudeikis), speedy Chuck (Gad), and Bomb (McBride). Hader returns as Leonard, king of the pigs, and Dinklage voices the Mighty Eagle.