Apparently, there’s still enough love for Angry Birds for Rovio and Sony to spend a pretty penny on talent for the upcoming Angry Birds animated feature film.
The cast has been revealed, as it boasts names like Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Key & Peele, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, and more.
Jason Sudeikis will lead the cast as Red, a bird with a temper problem. Josh Gad, in his first animated role since the global smash hit Frozen, plays speedy Chuck, and Danny McBride portrays the volatile Bomb. Bill Hader has joined the pork side, Maya Rudolph will play Matilda, and Peter Dinklage will play the legendary Mighty Eagle.
“I’m extremely proud of this cast. Not only do we have Jason, Josh, Danny, Bill, Maya, and Peter bringing these characters to life, but they’re surrounded by an all-star ensemble of emerging comedic talent – these are some of the funniest people out there today, and we’re thrilled to have them all on board,” said John Cohen, the film’s producer.
You can expect to see the Angry Birds movie hit theaters on July 1, 2016.
That was Wednesday. On Thursday, Rovio had a different sort of announcement to make.
“We are an entrepreneurial company and have been exploring multiple areas. We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized. As a result, we announced today that we plan to simplify our organization around our three key businesses with the highest growth potential: games, media, and consumer products. Unfortunately, we also need to consider possible employee reductions of a maximum of 130 people in Finland (approximately 16% of workforce),” said the company’s CEO, Mikael Hed, in a blog post.
One has to wonder – how relevant will Angry Birds be in two years?