‘Secret Life of Pets 2’: Harrison Ford Making Animation Film Debut, Louis C.K. Replaced

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The Secret Life of Pets 2 is lining up quite the voice cast.

The Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures sequel is scheduled to open in the US on June 7, 2019, and it’ll arrive boasting the first ever animated feature voice performance from actor Harrison Ford.

According to Deadline, Ford has signed up to lead the cast of the sequel, joining other new cast members Tiffany Haddish, Patton Oswalt, Nick Kroll and Pete Holmes. The returning voice cast will include Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Moynihan.

Oswolt is reportedly taking over the role of the dog Max, who was voiced by Louis C.K. in the first film. Louis C.K.’s career and reputation took a major downfall following highly publicised reports of sexual misconduct and his subsequent admittance.

The first film’s director, Chris Renaud, is back at the helm. The script comes from Brian Lynch, who wrote the first film alongside Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and whose credits include Puss in Boots, Minions and the currently-in-the-works sequel Minions 2.

The Secret Life of Pets was a big hit, earning $US875.4 million from a budget of $US75 million.

The next film to arrive from Illumination/Universal is Dr Seuss’s The Grinch, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. That one opens in the U.S. on November 9 and arrives in Australia on November 29.

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