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Sony’s Casting Might Save The Emoji Movie No One Wanted

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We use emoji’s on our phones all day long. We’re particularly fond of sending our friends random eggplants, but do we need a whole movie based on emojis? For everyone thinking Sony’s EmojiMovie: Express Yourself has fail written all over it, we’d have to agree — at least until we found out who they’re casting.

We know it sounds impossible, but the EmojiMovie has a hysterical cast that might make the whole film worthwhile. These are comedy all-stars, so we’d have a hard time believing they would sign onto something actually as bad as EmojiMovie sounds. 

According to a press release issued by Sony, the movie will explore a hidden world inside of smartphones. We’re getting major Inside Out vibes. Inside of your regular iMessage app is a city known as Textopolis brimming with emojis hoping to be chosen by their leader (the person texting on the phone). 

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The film has cast T.J. Miller, James Corden, and Ilana Glazer (who you might recognize from the hysterical Broad City).  Miller plays an “exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions.” Whatever that means, it isn’t normal, so in the film, he’s on a quest to be more normal like the rest of the emojis. We’re guessing the premise is set around how most emojis have one emotion, but Gene’s got a bunch. We’re already calling that in the end, he will find out that experiencing lots of different emotions is a beautiful, wonderful thing, and the regular emojis who are stuck as sad, happy or nervous are missing out.

In addition to Gene, the movie also includes his best friend Hi-5 who is played by Corden. We’re hoping he can lend the film his gorgeous singing voice. Glazer plays Jailbreak, a code-breaker emoji-slash-hacker. The trio embark on an adventure through the phone to find a code that will fix Gene. Apparently, a great danger threatens the phone (we’re thinking possible water damage or dropping it on the ground so the annoyingly fragile glass shatters). Basically, these three adventurous emojis must save the word “before it’s deleted forever.” Maybe the phone owner is selling the whole thing on CraigsList and factory resetting the sucker. Who knows?

So, could EmojiMovie be successful? Maybe. It’s important to remember that the app-based The Angry Birds Movie was a box-office success (though Angry Birds probably have more of a story than a bunch of random emojis). Video game-based movies are a huge money maker. Emojis? Maybe not so much. We hope we’re pleasantly surprised.


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