The new Brad Bird film is coming in 2018
On its release in 2004, the Pixar animation The Incredibles won the hearts of all ’90s kids with its fun superhero schtick, weighty family dynamics, and awesomely brassy Michael Giacchino soundtrack. The long-gestating sequel is released this year: here’s everything there is to know about it, from trailers and cast updates to everything we know about the plot.
What is the release date for The Incredibles 2?
15 June 2018.
Fans will get it one day early in Brazil – it’s out there on June 14.
Have we had a trailer yet?
Yes – so far we’ve had one proper trailer, and two shorter teasers.
The proper trailer was released on February 14, and details the changing fortunes of the family as Elastigirl gets called back into action, while Mr. Incredible portrays the role of a stay-at-home dad. Check it out below.
The first teaser was released on November 18. As the first teaser trailer, it shows Bob Parr shouting with joy to his youngest child, Jack-Jack: “You have powers – yeah, baby!” Then Jack-Jack speeds through three of his powers: turning into a fireball, emitting electric shocks, and using laser-vision, which slices Bob’s hair right down the middle.
The other trailer was released earlier in the year, and it was styled as a short documentary-style sketch piece following the fashion career of the fictional designer of superhero costumes, Edna Mode. The clip featured cameos from famous models and figureheads such as Kendall Jenner, Nina Garcia, Rachel Zoe, and Zac Posen.
Have we seen any photos?
Yes. Disney have issued a “first look” photo. See that below.
On New Year’s Eve, Disney also released this teaser – “a toast to the New Year”:
Will Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack be grown up in the new film?
13 years may have passed since the original film, but it’s been confirmed that we’re sticking with the timeframe of 2004’s movie for now.
So what’s the plot?
According to John Lasseter, Pixar’s chief creative officer, the film will begin “a minute” after the events of the first film – when The Incredibles encountered an as-yet unseen villain called The Underminer. “It starts with the Underminer and a big old set piece,” he said. “You know that at the end of the first movie when he comes up and you see the family dressed as superheroes? Well that’s where start this movie.”
Following this set piece, the sequel will reportedly revolve around Elastigirl – aka Mrs. Incredible – as she heads off on her own adventure. It’ll also track Mr. Incredible as he attempts to look after Jack-Jack, whose superpowers are developing rapidly.
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Who’s the villain going to be?
There is no official statement on who the villain of this movie is going to be, but there’s been plenty of speculation.
As explained above, The Underminer will definitely appear at the start of the film – he’s the mole-looking villain shown during the closing scene of the original movie.
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Some fans are hoping for the return of Syndrome, while others have more in-depth theories that the villain will be linked in some way to Gazerbeam – one of the heroes killed during Syndrome’s robot testing in The Incredibles.
However, Brad Bird has been quoted as saying that the film will feature a “fresh super villain”.
Who’s joining the cast?
In January 2018 several new cast members were announced by Disney. See them in the Instagram gallery below and read more details underneath.
As you can see from the above gallery:
- Sophia Bush (John Tucker Must Die, One Tree Hill) will play a new hero called Voyd.
- Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich, Get Out) will play a new character called Evelyn Deavor.
- Bob Odenkirk (best known as Breaking Bad‘s Saul Goodman) will play new character Winston Deavor, who we can probably assume is related to Catherine Keener’s Evelyn. When asked whether his part was that of a villain, Odenkirk said: “I’m not going to wreck that. … I would ruin my part of the movie if I told you, if I answered that question. That is exactly the question I’m not allowed to answer. So think about that. Think about that.”
- Isabella Rossellini will play a new character called ‘Ambassador’.
- Dash’s original voice actor is now too old for the part – the sequel is set to take place immediately after the first movie, but with the film’s voice parts being recorded over a decade on, the original actor Spencer Fox is no longer has the voice to suit a six-year-old. Huck Milner will fill the role.
- Everyone else returning from the first film will be played by the same voice actors, including Samuel L. Jackson, who will reprise his role of Frozone.
We’ll update this page with any more new cast announcements as they come in.
Who wrote the script?
Brad Bird, writer and director of the original film – so you know it’s gonna be quality.
Who’s in charge of the soundtrack?
It’s Michael Giacchino again! In February 2018 he and Brad Bird announced that they’d started working on it in a video posted to Twitter.
Is there a poster?
It’s very elegant:
What are the cast and crew saying about The Incredibles 2?
Brad Bird has revealed the Parr family will now live in a new house – “a cross between a dream house and a super lair.”
In a recap clip from Disney D23 (below), Craig T. Nelson (Mr Incredible) says “Brad has done such a good job on the story – I think it’s gonna be great”.
Pixar exec John Lasseter has said: “One of the unique things about the Incredibles is it’s really a story of a family set in the world of superheroes. This one carries on that theme… We love to look at our own lives and look at what’s going on, and find themes that we know will resonate with the audience.”
Will there be an Incredibles 3?
Currently, there are no plans for an Incredibles 3, as the Disney Animation Studios president, Jim Morris, announced that “everything after Toy Story and The Incredibles is an original right now”. The studios have 4 movies planned for release after 2020, meaning an Incredibles 3 is not likely to be in the works – and if it is, it will not be released in the foreseeable future.
What other Incredibles stuff can we expect?
Rumours are circulating that a spin-off LEGO videogame will coincide with the release of the film, in the style of LEGO: Star Wars and LEGO: Indiana Jones. This would probably be called LEGO: Incredibles 2, despite the fact that there wasn’t a LEGO version of the original film in 2004. If it happened, this would be the first Pixar LEGO game.
Words: Leon Mowat & Larry Bartleet