I don’t know a lot of things, but I know this: I love Jackie Chan and I detest 2014’s The Nut Job. Now, I don’t know what I know anymore, because Chan has officially joined the voice cast for The Nut Job 2, herein by shattered any remaining sanctity in my life and introduced more chaos into my fragile existence. The end is nigh.
According to Deadline, Chan will voice Mr. Feng, the highly territorial leader to a gang of city mice. He joins Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Cannavale, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Moynihan, Jeff Dunham and more in the unwelcome sequel. Although Chan is known primarily for his martial art skills, Chan has worked in animation prior to this upcoming role, thanks to a supporting turn in the Kung Fu Panda trilogy and the titular role in the animated children series Jackie Chan Adventures. Until today, I thought I was the only one who knew that show existed. I guess you learn something every day, huh.
Maybe everything isn’t terrible? I mean, when you consider how Chan is now 62 years young, it’s perhaps best that he doesn’t perform more crazy stunts or hurt himself for our careless amusement. It’s not like the recording booth can hurt you. Well, not physically. I’m sure his dignity has been bruised a bit, but then again, he also starred in The Spy Next Door and The Tuxedo. I suppose things could be worse?
No, I take it back. Things are bad. Things are very, very bad. We’re doomed.
The Nut Job 2 hits theaters on May 19, 2017. Cal Brunker (Escape From Planet Earth) takes over directing duties. Brunker also writes with Scott Bindley and Bob Barlen. The enemies are identified. Hide your children. Keep yourself safe. Chaos reigns.