T.J. Miller, who’s casting was announced in July on World Emoji Day, also stars. The movie is set for release on Aug. 11.
Anthony Leondis is directing from a script he co-wrote with Eric Siegel. “Emojimovie” is produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate (“Puss in Boots,” “Silver Linings Playbook”).
The film explores the never-before-seen world inside smartphones. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user.
In this secret world, each emoji has only one facial expression — except for Gene (voiced by Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 (Corden) and the code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Glazer).
Sony Pictures Animation President Kristine Belson, “Over six billion emojis are texted every day, and emojis have become a universal language that transcends age and culture. The power of emojis is that they allow you to express yourself in a fast and very fun way, and that is what our movie is about: self expression. We are very lucky to have some of the smartest and funniest actors today bringing their unique voices to this movie.”