Morgan Freeman Joins the Cast of Ted 2
by Justin Cook
The newest actor to come aboard 2015’s Ted 2 will be screen legend Morgan Freeman.
Freeman is set to play “an iconic civil rights lawyer who comes into the picture when Ted needs to resolve some legal issues.” In the film, he will be joining Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane, who will both be reprising their roles as John Bennett and Ted from the first film.
Also reprising their roles from Ted will be Patrick Warburton and Jessica Barth. Amanda Seyfried will also pop up in the film, presumably to play John’s love interest.
Mila Kunis played John’s love interest in Ted, and she is expected to return for the sequel in a very small role.
Plot details of the film are unknown at the time.
Apparently it was always part of MacFarlane’s plan to bring Freeman aboard the project, as he was looking to fill a fun role for a “high profile actor.”
When Ted opened in 2012 it became a surprise hit, and it established MacFarlane as a major film director. It ended its run with over $218 million domestically and close to $550 million worldwide.
Even film critics warmed up to the movie’s vulgarity and crude jokes, with it becoming one of the funnier comedies of 2012.
The movie even lead MacFarlane to direct this summer’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, which was nowhere near as successful as Ted, despite boasting an extremely strong cast. The film failed to reach $90 million worldwide, which was a major disappointment for MacFarlane and his team.
Ted 2 is bound to be a more commercially successful film than West, especially considering that the Ted series has a large number of fans of the first film.
MacFarlane is set to write and direct Ted 2, which is due out on June 26, 2015.