Deadline is reporting that Amanda Seyfried will play the lead female role in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2.
Mark Wahlberg will once again play the lead role of John Bennett and MacFarlane will provide the voice of the titular character, Bennett’s talking teddy bear.
In case anyone is wondering why Mila Kunis won’t be back as the female lead, MacFarlane says it’s nothing more than a creative decision. Apparently he decided to take the sequel in a direction that won’t include as much – if any – screen time for Kunis’ character Lori Collins.
Ted was MacFarlane’s feature-length directorial debut and the film did surprisingly well at the box office. It was the 12th highest grossing film worldwide in 2012. And thanks to the fact that it did so well internationally, it set a box office record that year for original R-rated comedy, surpassing the record set by The Hangover back in 2009.
Ted 2 is currently scheduled for a summer 2015 release.
MacFarlane is about to wrap post-production on A Million Ways to Die in the West, a comic western that he wrote, directed, and stars in. Seyfried is among the cast, in addition to Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, and Ted alum Giovanni Ribisi.
— Amanda Seyfried (@AmandaSeyfried) January 29, 2014
A Million Ways to Die in the West is scheduled to hit theaters on May 30, 2014.
MacFarlane may have written Kunis out of the script for Ted 2 but the two still work together on Family Guy where Kunis has been the voice of Meg Griffin since Season Two of the long-running animated comedy. MacFarlane created the Fox series and provides the voice for several characters.
In November The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Kunis was one of four Family Guy cast members who had landed between $175,000 and $225,000 each per episode for at least two, and as many as five more seasons of the series.
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