If you loved The Lego Movie, it's time to get even more excited for the franchise's next installment because The LEGO Batman Movie has announced surprise voice cameos. And if you're not completely overexcited after reading who's joining your favorite toys, then I question your taste in comedy. Because seriously, this film has something for everyone. Even prior to the announcement, the movie was already boasting a star-studded cast. Will Arnett was stepping in as the caped crusader, joined by his former Arrested Development castmate Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Batgirl/Barbara Gordon), Ralph Fiennes (Alfred), Zach Galifianakis (aptly playing the Joker), Mariah Carey (in a wonderfully unexpected casting as the Mayor), and Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn.
The surprise voice cameos come courtesy of the Ubers. No, not the popular ride-sharing service, but a greater evil: a group of demented baddies. According to Entertainment Weekly, we've got Voldemort, played by Eddie Izzard; King Kong, played by Seth Green; Sauron, voiced by Jemaine Clement; and an unknown baddie called Phyllis who will be played by Ellie Kemper. And among the other names announced is Conan O’Brien as The Riddler. So, who are these talented comedians? If you're not sure, I've got you.
Kemper is probably the most famous contemporary name of the bunch, thanks to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in which she plays the titular Kimmy.
And of course there's O'Brien, who as one of the most famous television show hosts in the world, requires no introduction. You shouldn't be surprised by his casting: with a résumé that includes stints on Family Guy, Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda, and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, he's more than qualified for the role.
But the other names are also seriously exciting. If you don't know Izzard, you need to take some time out of your schedule to fall down an endless YouTube rabbit hole. Izzard is an iconic British comedian, who's been performing stand-up since the late '80s. This won't be his first movie, either. He has done voice work for Cars 2 and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, in addition to appearing as himself in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, so you know he's ready for this role.
Another lesser-known name on the list is Clement, but I promise you: to know this man is to love him. Yes, I'm basically Mel, the creepy obsessive fan from Clement's show, Flight of the Conchords. In the cult show, Clement plays a fictionalized version of himself with the same name, one half of a struggling two-man band. If you haven't seen this show, what have you been doing with your life? Activism? Enriching personal projects? Volunteering at an old people's home?
OK, OK, if the above applies, then you're off the hook, but everyone else: You've been wasting your TV-watching lives. My prescription to remedy this? Please book yourself in with some one-on-one time with this show immediately. If you can't stand watching comedies about struggling musicians or musical satire, then Clement's movie Eagle vs. Shark and his vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows are also worth checking out.
Finally, while Green isn't exactly a niche comic talent, he's been flying under the radar for the last few years. While just over a decade ago he was in everything from Party Monster to Austin Powers, he's been mostly doing one-off cameos on TV or voice work over the past few years, which might explain why you haven't seen him around in a while. As a personal huge Green fan, here's one person hoping that this is just what Green needs to launch his career back into full-fledged stardom.
The surprise voice cameos just confirm what you already suspected — The LEGO Batman Movie is taking no prisoners. They've cast basically every talented comic they could find, and it's hard to imagine with a group of comedians, actors, and entertainment personalities that charismatic that the film won't have you rolling in the aisles.