It looks like New England Patriots fans will get an extra dose of Tom Brady at this year’s Super Bowl. The famed quarterback is rumored to appear in a top-secret TV spot for “Ted 2,” the upcoming sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s immensely successful 2012 comedy.
The first official trailer for the film is scheduled to come out Thursday, but according to The Hollywood Reporter Universal will also premiere a promotional TV spot during Sunday's big game. As if a "Ted 2" sneak peak weren't exciting enough, the spot will reportedly feature the Patriots quarterback, who may also have a small part in the film. It's unclear if Brady will be seen in Thursday's trailer, but the TV spot will reportedly star both the NFL star and Ted, the potty-mouthed teddy bear. THR reports that “Ted 2” will focus on Ted’s issue with fertility and his sudden desire to become a father. To help him out, Brady is apparently brought in as a potential sperm donor.
Although the Super Bowl spot has been planned for months, it faced potential rewrites after Brady and his team were publically accused of intentionally deflating footballs during the NFL playoffs to give themselves an advantage. Executives apparently toyed with the idea of changing the commercial, but given the logistics of reanimating the CGI Ted with new dialogue, decided to leave “Deflategate” out of the spot.
News of the first trailer’s premiere comes just one day after the release of the first official poster for “Ted 2” featuring an image of the bear from behind and the winking caption “Ted is coming, again.” Although it’s a little off-color, the poster does support the idea that the second movie will focus on the bear’s fertility, or lack thereof.
Brady’s involvement in the movie would add more star power to an already decked-out cast. Both Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson have signed on for unspecified roles in the sequel, which will co-star Amanda Seyfried. It’s no surprise that MacFarlane is pulling out all the stops with “Ted 2” as the “Family Guy” creator’s sophomoric film effort, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” was a decidedly huge flop.