Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the World Premiere of Illumination’s Sing 2, the new animated feature film written and directed by Garth Jennings and produced by Chris Meledandri (Illumination founder & CEO) and Janet Healy, will join AFI FEST 2021 as a Red Carpet Premiere. The film, in theaters December 22, will screen in-person at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, November 14.
In the new chapter from Illumination’s film franchise, ever-optimistic Buster Moon and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage show yet … all in the glamorous entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star — played by global music icon and Academy Award nominee Bono — to join them.
With more than 40 contemporary and classic hit songs, electrifying performances and breathtaking artistry, Sing 2 serves as an emotional reminder about the importance of dreaming big and the power of music to heal.
Sing 2 features all of the characters audiences fell in love with in the first film (voiced by Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award nominee Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll and Garth Jennings), plus new characters played by music superstars Academy Award nominee Pharrell Williams and Halsey, actors Bobby Cannavale and Letitia Wright, and comedians Eric André and Chelsea Peretti.
AFI FEST 2021 takes place from November 10-14 in Los Angeles. The World Premiere of tick, tick…BOOM! directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda will open the festival and King Richard directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green will close the festival. Additional Red Carpet Premieres include the World Premieres of Academy Award winner Halle Berry’s directorial debut Bruised and Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary’s feature directorial debut Swan Song, Parallel Mothers directed by Academy Award winner Pedro Almodóvar and The Power of the Dog, directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion.
Additional animation highlights include documentary The Train Station, based on director Lyana Patrick’s powerful family story of love and survival at Lejac Indian Residential School; and a number of moving shorts including Yoriko Mizushiri’s Anxious Body, Sasha Lee’s Misery Loves Company, Gobelins graduate film My Friend Who Shines in the Night; and mixed media works like Love, Dad by Diana Cam Van Nguyen and Soft Animals by Renee Zhan.
The full program can be found here.
This year’s hybrid festival will feature both in-person screenings and events, as well as virtual screenings, showcasing transformative stories from groundbreaking artists. With health and safety being top priority, AFI FEST 2021 will require all festival-goers who attend in-person events and/or screenings to be fully vaccinated. Top Sponsors for AFI FEST 2021 include AT&T, Apple Original Films, National Geographic Documentary Films and Dell.
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