Harrison Ford and Tiffany Hddish will join the cast of next year’s sequel to “The Secret Life of Pets,” Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri announced at Universal’s CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas.
The role will be Ford’s first animated film in his half-century-long career. Patton Oswald and Nick Kroll will also join the cast, which includes Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Moynihan. Louis CK, who played the lead role in the first “Secret Life,” was removed from the project after being accused of sexual harassment last fall.
“Secret Life of Pets” was key in the growth of Illumination from the owners of the “Despicable Me” franchise to a major force in animation and a key part of Universal’s IP stable. Released in summer 2016, “Secret Life” grossed $875 million world wide and set a record for the biggest opening weekend for an original title.