Bono, Halsey, Pharrell join Universal's 'Sing 2' | The Music Universe

Film opens next holiday season

U2’s Bono, Halsey and Pharrell Williams have joined the cast of Universal/Illumination’s Sing 2. Bono will make his animated debut in the film that is set to open next holiday season that also sees Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, Rocketman’s Taron Egerton, singer Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johansson and Nick Kroll reprising their roles from the 2016 hit.

Bono will play reclusive rock star Clay Calloway with Williams voicing Alfonso, an elephant ice cream truck driver who falls in love with Kelly’s elephant character Meena. Halsey plays teen wolf Porsche, the daughter of Jimmy Crystal, voiced by Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale, who’s also been added to the cast.

“The film is a musical celebration of the unrelenting pursuit of one’s dreams, no matter how large the challenges that stand in your way,” shares Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri. “At its core, this movie speaks to the power of optimism and belief.”

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 Clay Calloway to join them.

Buster (McConaughey) and his cast have turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City. But with no connections, Buster and his cast — including harried mother pig Rosita (Witherspoon), rocker porcupine Ash (Johansson), earnest gorilla Johnny (Egerton), shy elephant Meena and, of course, porcine provocateur extraordinaire Gunter (Kroll) — have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by a ruthless mogul wolf named Jimmy Crystal.

In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Crystal’s attention, Gunter spontaneously pitches an outrageous idea that Buster quickly runs with, promising that their new show will star lion rock legend Clay Calloway. Problem is, Buster has never met Clay, an artist who shut himself away from the world more than a decade ago after the loss of his wife and hasn’t been seen since. As Gunter helps Buster dream up an out-of-this-world theatrical masterpiece, and the pressure (and sinister threats) from Mr. Crystal mount, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage. What begins as Buster’s dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.

The film opens December 22, 2021.