Dreamworks’ Trolls was an unexpected pleasure, Justin Timberlake’s infectious and Oscar-nominated “Can’t Stop the Feeling” powering the film to $346M worldwide. It didn’t take long for a sequel to be announced with Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, and most of the voice cast returning. While it’s still a couple of years away, we now know film’s title will be Trolls World Tour, and there’s even a new synopsis:
Continuing where the first film left off, it’s all glitter and happiness in Troll Town until Queen Poppy and Branch make a surprising discovery — there are other Troll worlds beyond their own, each defined by a different genre of music. When a mysterious threat puts all the Trolls across the land in danger, Poppy, Branch, and their band of friends must embark on an epic quest through unfamiliar terrain to do the impossible: create harmony among the diverse Trolls to unite them against certain doom.
Mike Mitchell won’t be directing this one; instead it will be co-directors Walt Dohrn and David P. Smith who plan to increase the use of music. More original songs and re-creations of classic favorites will be “cleverly woven into the narrative of the film as story-telling elements. The all-new installment of the franchise expands the series’ music genres, representing a variety of songs from pop, country, and hip-hop, to hard rock, funk, K-pop and EDM – as well as everything in between.”
New additions to the cast include Sam Rockwell, Chance the Rapper, Anthony Ramos, Karan Soni, Flula Borg, and Jamie Dornan. They’ll be joining other returning voice stars James Corden (Biggie), Caroline Hjelt (Chenille), Aino Jawo (Satin), Ron Funches (Cooper), and Kunal Nayyar (Guy Diamond).
Trolls: World Tour opens February 14th 2020. The franchise is up for an Emmy this year with the 30-minute special Trolls Holiday.