When the voice of God speaks, people tend to listen. Even stuffed bears, apparently. Morgan Freeman has reportedly signed on to star in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2, the sequel to the hit 2012 film about a vulgar talking teddy bear and his human, played by Mark Wahlberg.
As reported by Variety, Freeman could play a civil rights attorney who is hired by the potty-mouthed Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane) to defend him in a court case. While the premise is a little out there, we are talking about a sequel to a film about a pot smoking teddy bear with the mouth of a sailor, so, as with everything Seth MacFarlane does, anything goes.
Ted 2 brings back Mark Wahlberg and adds Amanda Seyfried, who recently worked with MacFarlane in this summer’s A Million Ways To Die In The West. The first film’s core group returns with MacFarlane directing, and Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild once again writing the screenplay.
Ted 2, which has been in development since the fall of 2012 as reported here in The Inquisitr, is currently filming in Boston for a film release next summer. Seth MacFarlane had long hinted at hiring an actor of some stature for an undisclosed role in the presumably R-rated sequel, and Morgan Freeman seems to be that hire.
Freeman is an Academy Award winning actor who has starred in such box office hits as Seven, The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy and Glory. Freeman starred in all three of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films as Lucius Fox, Bruce Wayne’s (Christian Bale) friend and Batman’s weapons supplier. It can also be argued that he played Batman’s better angel in those films.
He has dabbled in comedy throughout his career, playing God in the Jim Carrey film, Bruce Almighty and its sequel, Evan Almighty, which starred Steve Carrell. Morgan Freeman has found a whole new level of success as a voice over actor, and his narration of 2005’s March of the Penguins brought him international acclaim.
Soon after, Morgan Freeman became “the” voice of narration, and with it, the title of “Voice of God.” That distinction came with a series of jokes, many of which were on Seth MacFarlane’s hit animated show, Family Guy. And considering that actors who work with MacFarlane in one project tend to show up in other areas, a Morgan Freeman appearance on Family Guy may not be too far behind.
Ted 2 premieres on June 26th, 2015.