The Smurfs 2 hopes to lure audiences back in blue when the film lands in theaters July 31. The sequel to the 2011 smash The Smurfs brings back Neil Patrick Harris in the live-action CGI meld, but look for those similarities to be about it.
This time out -- as previewed in The Smurfs 2 trailer -- the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is more determined than ever to bring the world of the Smurfs to an end. As such, he has created a couple of Smurf-like creatures. These Naughties, he hopes, will allow him to infiltrate the Smurf world and give him what he has been yearning for for years…. the all-powerful Smurf-essence. You can see these creations in the posters below, lurking behind some of our favorite Smurfs.
These mischievous Smurf imitators don’t quite do it, as Gargamel will learn, as the magic of Smurf-dom can only be gotten from a true Smurf.
So, what’s an evil wizard to do? How about kidnap the only lady in Smurf-ville, Smurfette (Katy Perry). He brings her to Paris ('cause that’s what you do with a lady, no?) where he has made a splash as the city’s most popular sorcerer.
As the Smurf nation cannot live without their only female member, Papa Smurf gets the gang together and they make the trans-Atlantic trip to rescue Smurfette.
Jayma Mays also returns to the franchise, with Brendan Gleeson joining the cast as Victor Winslow.