Christina Ricci, Brendan Gleeson and JB Smoove have come aboard the not-highly-anticipated-at-all sequel to the depressingly smash hit film that took in more than $560 million worldwide. Ricci leads the way, cast as the villain Vexy, who is apparently an evil version of Smurfette voiced by Katy Perry. Meanwhile, Gleeson and Smoove earn their paychecks playing Victor Doyle and the "naughty" Hackus, respectively. And the trio join the returning the cast that includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. Raja Gosnell will direct again, keeping the vision and integrity of this franchise intact.
All three of these folks are great and we really wish there was something, anything else for them to do than to waste their time/talent chasing CGI blue things in what will probably be another mortifyingly unfunny moneymaker that continues to render our childhood memories of The Smurfs moot. Anyway, you'll have to take your kids to this on July 31, 2013. [THR/THR]