Bono to Appear in Sing 2
Original Story (2020-12-21)
It was formally announced today that Bono has joined the cast of the movie Sing 2. But leaks about the movie have been around for a while now, as the release of the film was initially due December 25, 2020, and then pushed back to July 2, 2021, but due to COVID-19 schedule changes, has now been pushed back to December 22, 2021 instead. The film is by Illumination Entertainment, the company that gave us Dispicable Me and its spin offs. The film is written and directed by Garth Jennings, and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.
The film features an animated set of characters from the first movie, coming together to host another variety show, and being challenged to find a reclusive rock legend, who is in self-imposed isolation after the death of his wife, to join the show. The film will see the characters seeking out the rock legend, played by Bono. Bono’s character will be a lion in the film. Expect him to appear in the later portion of the film. Like the first movie, the second movie will feature the characters in the film singing covers of rock songs throughout the film. The first movie featured 65 different pop and rock songs in the film.
Bono spoke to Rolling Stone about the movie, and director Garth Jennings, “Garth is a truly great storyteller at whatever age you’re in his thrall. A courageous one who actually chooses to work with children and animals! I first saw Son of Rambow before it came out at Sundance and was immediately a fan of his. [And] the first Sing was such a treat. I’ve had some unforgettable experiences watching such animations.”
About the character he plays Bono says, “Clay Calloway is quite the character. I like to think I was part of his construction. Garth Jennings asked me about singing and where it came from. I surprised myself and him by answering with a line that would make it into the film: ‘Some people sing for a living, some people sing to survive.‘”Clay Calloway is a lion who lost his roar. A singer who lost his reason to sing when he lost his muse. A retired, reclusive rockstar with a big shaggy mane and low-frequency rumble of a grumble. He’s also got guns on his property…paintball guns…and a mixed relationship with his fans.”
Leaks about the film include information about the songs in the film and who will perform them. There are spoilers for the movie ahead so look away if you don’t want further information ahead of the film’s release. In the main part of the film Bono will perform two songs with the cast, including “Any Way You Want It” (Cover of a Journey song) and “Life is a Highway” (Cover of a Tom Cochrane song.) The Grand Finale of the film will take place at the variety show and will feature the cast singing a number of songs, including “Don’t Stop Believin’” (Journey cover), “We Are the World” (USA for Africa cover), “Le Freak” (Chic cover) and “We Go Together (cover of the song from Grease). It is expected that Bono will be part of this finale to the film.
The description of the movie from the film’s website reads, “Next holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise returns with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by legendary music icon Bono, making his animated film debut—to join them.”
Along with the cast, a first poster for the film has been revealed. The first film had a worldwide gross of $634.1million, and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song.