The Emoji Movie (originally titled Emojimovie: Express Yourself) is an upcoming 2017 American computer-animated comedy film that is being directed by Tony Leondis and written by Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White. It will star the voices of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, and Sofia Vergara. Produced by Sony Pictures Animation, the film will be released on July 28, 2017, by Columbia Pictures.
The film will center on Gene, a multi-expressional emoji who sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.
T. J. Miller as Gene, an outsider emoji who can show multiple expressions
Anna Faris as Jailbreak, a codebreaker emoji
James Corden as Hi-5, a hand emoji
Patrick Stewart as a poop emoji
Maya Rudolph as Smiler, a smiley emoji
Steven Wright as Mel Meh, Gene’s emoji father
Rob Riggle as an ice cream emoji
Jennifer Coolidge as Mary Meh, Gene’s emoji mother
Jake T. Austin as Alex, the human
Sofía Vergara as Flamenco Dancer
On July 21, 2015, it was announced that Sony Pictures Animation had won the bidding war against Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures over production rights of an animated film centered on emoji, based on a script by Eric Siegel and Tony Leondis, with Leondis also directing the film. Michelle Raimo Kouyate would produce the film. At 2016 CinemaCon, the film was officially announced and it was revealed that it would be set in the digital world in a smartphone.
In July 2016, Miller was announced as the lead Emoji Gene in a tweet by Sony Pictures Animation on World Emoji Day. In October 2016, it was announced that Ilana Glazer and Corden will be joining the cast as well. In December 2016, the film’s title was renamed from Emojimovie: Express Yourself, to simply The Emoji Movie. Glazer was later replaced by Anna Faris.
On December 20, 2016, the teaser trailer for the film was released. It was consequently panned by audiences, with the official YouTube upload garnering over 21,200 dislikes as opposed to 4,400 likes, around 24 hours after release.
In November 2015, Sony scheduled the film to be released on August 11, 2017. A year later, it was moved to August 4, 2017, with Baby Driver taking its date. The film will be shown alongside Puppy, which is a short film based on the Hotel Transylvania films. In late March 2017, the film moved one week earlier to July 28, 2017, switching places with Sony Pictures’ other film The Dark Tower