Good news for fans of Ted, the trash-talking, beer-guzzling, womanizing teddy bear featured in the buddy comedy of the same name.
The 2012 hit comedy “Ted” now has a sequel in the works, it was announced on Tuesday. According to a report from Deadline, “Ted 2” is currently in pre-production, and Mark Wahlberg is reprising his role as John Bennett, the human counterpart to his furry, foul-mouthed pal, Ted, who is voiced by “Family Guy” creator and actor Seth MacFarlane, who's also set to direct the feature.
While “Ted” fans may be ecstatic to hear that the MacFarlane/Wahlberg comedy team will officially return to the big screen, a new face also reportedly signed on to star. Deadline is reporting that “Les Miserables” actress Amanda Seyfried will play the unidentified female lead opposite Wahlberg in the sequel. Unfortunately for fans of Mila Kunis (who played Wahlberg’s character’s on-screen love interest Lori Collins in the first flick, whom he --spoiler alert-- marries at the end of the film), she is rumored to only have a minor role this time around. “It looks like Mila Kunis will only appear in a tiny role, if at all,” according to Deadline’s report.
So what happened to Kunis’s role? Despite the major casting shakeup, the change reportedly had nothing to do with any bad blood between the film’s original stars. “I’m told this has nothing to do with anything other than a creative decision that MacFarlane decided to take with the plotting of the sequel,” Deadline’s report said. It added that Kunis will continue to work as “Meg” on MacFarlane’s popular animated series, “Family Guy.”
According to the film’s official IMDB page, actress Jessica Barth will reprise her role as Tami-Lynn, Ted’s human, supermarket employee girlfriend. The film is currently scheduled for a June 26, 2015 release.
“Ted,” released in the U.S. in June 2012, grossed more than $218 million at the domestic box office, according to Box Office Mojo. The rated-R film, distributed by Universal Pictures, reportedly had a lifetime total of $549.3 million at the box office worldwide.
MacFarlane is currently in post-production on the comedy/Western “A Million Ways to Die in the West," in which Seyfried also stars. The film is due in theaters on May 30.