SETH MACFARLANE GEARS UP FOR TED SEQUEL

BATD ON Mar 17, 2014 AT 3:18 pm

by Valirie Morgan

Mark Wahlberg and his fuzzy companion (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) in 2012's Ted.

Mark Wahlberg and his fuzzy companion (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) in 2012′s Ted.

With the announcement of new cast members and production schedules for Ted 2, it appears that the foul-mouthed bear is officially back. The sequel to 2012′s blockbuster R-rated comedy about a man (played by Mark Wahlberg) who just couldn’t let go of his childhood companion, a raunchy and drunken teddy bear aptly called Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), is set to hit theatres on 26th June 2015, according to Universal Pictures.

Ted was the highest-grossing R-rated film of 2012 and went on to become the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, raking in $549.4 million in global box office sales.

MacFarlane, the mastermind behind the Family Guy television series, will write, voice, direct and produce Ted 2. The sequel will again star Mark Wahlberg as one-half of the film’s leading ensemble along with MacFarlane as his counterpart; however, Mila Kunis, who played Wahlberg’s love interest in the first installment, is not slated to return. Moviegoers will instead see Amanda Seyfried (of Lovelace and Les Miserables fame) in the female romantic lead role. The announcement of this casting addition was made just last month and reportedly has nothing to do with Kunis but rather MacFarlane’s creative vision for the plotting of the follow-up film.

Seth Macfarlane.

Seth Macfarlane.

At the end of the 2012 Ted, Wahlberg’s and Kunis’ characters wed, so we’re not sure how the storyline will pick up and change from there. Rumour has it that Kunis will make a small cameo appearance in the sequel, but that has yet to be confirmed. No other details about the impending sequel have been released as of late except that its release is scheduled for June 2015.

Ted 2 won’t be the first time MacFarlane and Seyfried have worked together on a project: the 28-year-old actress stars in his upcoming film A Million Ways to Die in the West, a comedy about a farmer who falls for the new woman in town and has to put his courage to the test when her gunslinging husband announces his arrival.

MacFarlane wrote, starred in and directed the film, which also boasts cast members Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron and Neil Patrick Harris, and it will hit cinemas on 30th May 2014.

Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Check out the trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West here on Beauty and the Dirt:

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