The original film netted almost half a billion dollars for Blue Sky Studios two years ago, and the sequel will be the first for them outside of their hugely successful Ice Age franchise, cementing their status as one of the leading animation houses in the industry.
The first full-length trailer landed early last month, and now Fox and Blue Sky Studios have launched a new teaser poster, with Blu and Jewel taking centre stage, looking appropriately parental, about to venture into the Amazon with their three children.
The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.
Hathaway and Eisenberg are naturally joined by another terrific voice cast, with new cast members joining those returning, including Leslie Mann, Jemaine Clement, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, will.i.am, Rodrigo Santoro, Tracy Morgan, Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno, Amanda Stenberg, Rachel Crow, Janelle Monáe, Pierce Gagnon, and Natalie Morales.
Carlos Saldanha returns to the franchise to direct the sequel, co-writing the script with the late Don Rhymer, who co-wrote the first film.
Rio 2 will be released in 3D in the UK on 4th April, 2014, with its US release date following a week later on April 11th.