A new trailer for the upcoming animated comedy film The Emoji, slated to hit theaters this summer, on July 28, has been released.
Directed by Tony Leondis with a script by Leondis, Mike White and Eric Siegel, the new film from Sony Pictures Animation follows Gene, an emoji who’s supposed to be “Meh” (“Meh, who cares?”), but has multiple face expressions, and, in order to become a “normal” emoji, sets out, together with other two emojis, on a journey through the smartphone they live in. The Emoji stars the voices of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, Patrick Stewart, James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Rob Riggle, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, and Sofia Vergara.
The trailer features Gene introducing himself and talking about his “problem”: he has “more than one emotion”, which is a problem in his world. “What if you get sent out on the phone making the wrong face?” – asks him his father, who is reassured by Gene that he will make “the right face” and then he will finally “fit in”.
After making the wrong face when his user (the boy who own the phone inside which Gene lives) sends a text, he is ends up in the “loser lounge”, where the emojis who never get used hang out.
“I’m an emoji, but God has some sort of purpose here”, says Gene, who then embarks on a quest to get off the phone and find the source code that could turn him into a normal emoji. Helped by High-Five emoji and Jailbreak, a codebreaker emoji, Gene learns, in the process, that discovering yourself is an adventure beyond words.
The song used in the trailer is “Don’t Bring Me Down” by English rock band Electric Light Orchestra, from their 1979 album, “Discovery”.