Sir Patrick Stewart, one of our most distinguished and celebrated thespians, has one of the most impressive acting resumes in the world. Trained in the art of classical theater, his career began with a years-long run with the Royal Shakespeare Company before transitioning into TV and film work, where he's balanced multiple iconic roles (Star Trek: The Next Generation's Jean-Luc Picard, the X-Men franchise's Professor Xavier) against smaller, ferocious character performances (see also: last year's Green Room).
Stewart's talent is undeniable, his legacy secure. And now that legacy will include a stint as the Poop Emoji in The Emoji Movie.
Patrick Stewart is joining Sony Pictures Animation's The Emoji Movie as Poop.
That's The Hollywood Reporter, breaking the news that Patrick Stewart will lend his voice to a pile of animated shit in this August's The Emoji Movie. For those of you who haven't been paying attention, The Emoji Movie will tell the story of Gene (TJ Miller), an Emoji born with multiple expressions, who goes on a journey of self-discovery through a teenager's phone alongside a character named Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer). Presumably, Gene and Jailbreaker will encounter Poop somewhere along the way.
Look, we can point and laugh at The Emoji Movie all we want, but honestly? Casting Patrick Stewart as Poop is actually kind of clever. Stewart's voice is singular, instantly recognizable, velvety and rich. It is not the voice one might expect to erupt from a sentient pile of excrement. It'd be comparable to casting Orson Welles as the voice of a giant, animated dong, or hiring James Earl Jones to voice a walking, talking fart. Way to keep us on our toes, Emoji Movie.
Tangentially: a fun thing to think about is the initial meeting Patrick Stewart must have had in order to land this gig. Dwell on that one for a few minutes and see what you come up with.
The Emoji Movie drops into theaters on August 4th. Is Patrick Stewart's presence enough to sell you on it?