As we first reported here, Bono is among the major stars who’ll be a part of Sing 2, the upcoming sequel to the hit animated 2016 film Sing, and now we have our first glimpse at the U2 frontman’s character.
Bono lends his voice to a lion named Clay Calloway, a reclusive rock star that can be seen in the new trailer you can watch above and also peering at himself in a mirror at Sing 2‘s official Twitter feed along with various other Sing 2 characters.
— Sing 2 (@singmovie) June 23, 2021
In an Rolling Stone interview, Bono described his character as “a lion who lost his roar. A singer who lost his reason to sing when he lost his muse. A retired, reclusive rock star with a big shaggy mane and low-frequency rumble of a grumble.”
Opening in Irish cinemas on January 2022, Sing 2 is written and directed by acclaimed returning filmmaker Garth Jennings and features additional new characters played by music superstar Pharrell Williams, Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and comedians Eric Andre and Chelsea Peretti. They join returning cast members McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly and Nick Kroll.
Sing 2 is described in an official press release as, “a new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise that arrives with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as the ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon, and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …all 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—played by global music icon Bono, in his animated film debut—to join them.”
The film is said to combine, “dozens of classic rock and pop hit songs, electrifying performances, breathtaking artistry and Illumination’s signature humor and heart into the definitive feel-good cinematic event of the year.”
The original Sing featured more than 60 songs from famous artists and also had an original song by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande called “Faith,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe. Released in cinemas in 2016 it grossed $634 million worldwide.