Everything may be awesome in The Lego Movie, but it looks as though it could have been just a tiny bit better… with a cameo from Star Wars droid, R2-D2.
According to our pals over at Yahoo! Movies UK, everyone’s favourite astromech almost made the trip from the galaxy far, far away… as writers/directors Phil lord and Chris Miller spill the beans.
“He was a Batman-level character,” said Miller… and with the Dark Knight’s humorous cameo amongst the main group of characters, it seems Artoo would have had quite a big part.
“We figured we could get R2-D2 because his voice wasn’t a human being,” said Lord. “A kid doesn’t have lawyers that won’t allow the toys to play together,” added Miller. And it seems they wrote the entire film without worrying too much about who owned the rights to what.
“Part of the appeal for us was that ‘Roger Rabbit’ thing that you can get these characters together that you couldn’t get in any other type of movie. Watching my own son play, he does put Batman on the Millennium Falcon and there’s no-one saying they take place in completely different times and galaxies.”
Of course, that’s one of the biggest charms of The Lego Movie especially after seeing Will Arnett take off with the crew of the Millennium Falcon. And after becoming one of the big runaway hits of 2014, it looks as though The Lego Movie will be getting a number of spin-offs… including Lego Batman.
But what about the upcoming sequel? After such a mind-blowing ending, where will they take it from there?
The film’s finale reveals that the entire movie takes place inside the imagination of a young boy… and that Lord Business himself is actually a representation of the child’s father (also played by Will Ferrell).
“We almost didn’t get to shoot it because there was so much nervousness about it,” Miller revealed. “Even though we ourselves weren’t sure it was going to work, we convinced them to let us get the shot. We promised them if it didn’t work, we had back-up plans, which we didn’t really. It takes an adjustment for the audience, but I’m proud of how that put the whole movie into a different kind of context.”
Of course, this makes the sequel a very different prospect… and it seems there have already been plenty of discussions about how they’re going to tackle this.
“We’ve had many, many discussions about that as regards the sequel,” said Miller. “What are we saying the nature of free will…there are things that are implied by that ending.”
But will R2-D2 make an appearance? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but I get the feeling there might be a few more Lego cameos on their way.
What did you think of The Lego Movie? Would you like to see R2-D2 appear in the sequel? Let us know what you think in the comments below…