Sony Animation has just begun production on the sequel to its hit 2011 big screen adaptation of The Smurfs, and it has been confirmed that most of the cast and crew will make a return for the second outing. The tentative release date for The Smurfs 2 is July 13, 2013.
The plot for the sequel has also been revealed: the movie finds the evil Gargamel hatching up another of his evil schemes, this time involving the creation of mischievous Smurf counterparts called The Naughties.
According to the Press Release:
“When Gargamel discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants — and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs — Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her!”
Returning from the first film are director Raja Gosnell, producer Jordan Kerner, exec producer Ezra Swerdlow, and stars Neil Patrick Harris as Patrick Winslow, Jayma Mays as Grace Winslow, Sofia Vergara as Odile, and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. Brendan Gleeson joins the cast as Patrick Winslow’s stepfather, Victor Doyle. The voice cast will feature Katy Perry as Smurfette, Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Alan Cumming as Gutsy, Fred Armisen as Brainy, George Lopez as Grouchy and Anton Yelchin as Clumsy; in addition, John Oliver, who took a cameo voice role as Vanity Smurf in the first film, returns to voice his now primary role. Christina Ricci and JB Smoove will voice the new Smurf-like naughty characters, Vexy and Hackus, respectively.