'Spectre' actor Ralph Fiennes cast as butler Alfred in 'The Lego Batman Movie'

Fiennes joins a voice cast that includes Will Arnett, Michael Cera and Rosario Dawson

Ralph Fiennes will provide the voice of Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth in The Lego Batman Movie, Warner Bros' superhero-themed spin-off from The Lego Movie.

The Spectre/Harry Potter actor joins Will Arnett, who is reprising his voice role as Batman from The Lego Movie, as well as Michael Cera, who is voicing Robin, and Rosario Dawson, who is voicing Batgirl. Meanwhile, Zach Galifianakis is in talks to provide the voice of the Joker, THR reports.

Chris McKay, who served as animation supervisor on The Lego Movie, is directing the spin-off, with The Lego Movie writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on board as producers. The spin-off has a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows).

The Lego Batman Movie, the first of three Lego-based films on the release slates, is set to open in cinemas on February 10, 2017. It will be followed by Ninjago, a Ninja-themed spin-off which will arrive on September 22, 2017, and then The Lego Movie Sequel, which is due on May 8, 2018.

Released last year, The Lego Movie was a surprise smash for Warner Bros, raking in more than $468million (£301million) at the box office worldwide. Tegan and Sara performed their hit song from the film, 'Everything Is Awesome!!!', at the Academy Awards in February.

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