Sony Pictures Animation’s The Emoji Movie is in theaters this weekend, and the voice cast includes a collection of stars bringing emojis to life. The film stars T.J. Miller as a “meh” emoji who just wants to be a normal “meh” emoji, but finds it difficult to fit in. Read on to meet the rest of the star-studded cast.
The Emoji Movie is the latest from Sony Pictures Animation, which also made this year’s Smurfs: The Lost Village, the Hotel Transylvania movies and the Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs movies.
The film was directed by animation veteran Tony Leodis, whose credits include Igor and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. (Leodis also worked on DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, but that project stalled.)
In an interview with The Mercury News, Leodis explained what made him want to make the movie in the first place. “What would happen if something upset that status quo?” Leondis said. “Then I thought, ‘Oh, it’s an emoji with every expression.’ And as we know, in the world different is threatening, today’s world, more than ever.”
Now, it’s time to meet the cast and characters of The Emoji Movie.
T.J. Miller as Gene
T.J. Miller voices the lead character in The Emoji Movie, Gene, a “meh” emoji. Kids will recognize his voice from the How To Train Your Dragon franchise and Disney’s Big Hero 6. Adults know him from his role as Weasel in Deadpool and Erlich Bachman on HBO’s Silicon Valley. He also plays i-R0K in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One.
James Corden as Hi-5
The Late Late Show host James Corden stars as Hi-5. When Corden’s not busy hosting his show or the Tony Awards, he has voiced characters in Trolls and Norm of the North. He’ll also voice the title character in next year’s Peter Rabbit.
Anna Faris as Jailbreak
Anna Faris currently stars as Christy on CBS’ Mom, which was picked up for a fifth season. Faris also voices Jeanette in the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movies and Sam Sparks in the Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs franchise. Her next movie is Overboard with Eva Longoria.
Maya Rudolph as Smiler
Maya Rudolph is best known for her tenure on Saturday Night Live, although it was her turn as a host in 2012 that earned her an Emmy nomination. Rudolph also voices several characters in animated hits, including Matilda in The Angry Birds Movie, Precious in The Nut Job 2, Cass in Big Hero 6 and Burn in Turbo. Next year, she stars in Life of the Party with Melissa McCarthy.
Jake T. Austin as Alex
Jake T. Austin plays Alex, the owner of the smartphone where the action in The Emoji Movie takes place. Austin is known to kids as Max Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place and Jesus Adams Foster on The Fosters. He also voices Blue Bettle in DC Comics animated projects and voiced Fernando in the Rio movies.
Christina Aguilera as Akiko Glitter
Singer Christina Aguilera is a Golden Globe nominee for “Bound to You,” a song she co-wrote for the 2010 movie Burlesque. As an actress, she has also appeared in Pitch Perfect 2, Nashville and the upcoming Life of the Party. She was also a coach on NBC’s The Voice.
Sofia Vergara as Flamenca
Sofia Vergara is a four-time Golden Globe and Emmy nominee for Modern Family. She previously worked with Sony Pictures Animation on The Smurfs in 2011. Vergara has also voiced characters in The Simpsons, Family Guy, Escape From Planet Earth, Happy Feet Two and The Cleveland Show. Although Modern Family introduced her to a wider audience, she’s been acting regularly since 2002 and made her acting debut in episodes of Acapulco, cuerpo y alma in 1995.
Patrick Stewart as Poop
Last but certainly not least is Sir Patrick Stewart. He might have been knighted by the Queen, but that’s not stopping him voicing a poop emoji! Stewart recently reprised his role as Professor Charles Xavier in Logan, but he’s best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Kids will recognize his voice from 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift and 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet.