Hollywood, CA – February 16th 2020 – Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment have announced that they will create a sequel to their commercial and critical success animated 2016 hit, Sing. The animated film, tentatively titled “Sing 2” will be released in July 2021, and according to reports from Hollywood fansite Fandomwire, Bono will play the role of a Lion who is also an ageing rock star. The original film starred Matthew McConoughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane and Scarlett Johansson, and was about a group of anthropomorphic animals who enter a singing competition, hosted by a koala bear who is trying to save his theater. The sequel is expected to reunite the original cast, with Bono being the only major addition to the line-up. There is no word on whether Bono, or U2, will write music for the score. Stevie Wonder and Arianna Grande co-wrote the original song Faith for the first Sing, so it would not be unprecedented for a previously-unheard U2 track to feature. The original also included characters voicing music by the Beatles, Queen, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, among others, so it is also possible that the sequel will include a well known U2 track.
Bono has previously played small roles in movies such as Across the Universe, Entropy and infamously Million Dollar Hotel. U2 or individual members have contributed original scores to countless well known movies including Mission Impossible, In the name of the father, Captive, Gangs of New York, Mandela: Long walk to freedom, Batman Forever and Transformers: Dark of the moon. The band has previously won two Golden Globe awards for The hands that built America and Ordinary Love, and received an Oscar nomination for Ordinary Love.
More to come on this developing rumor.