With news breaking earlier today that Walt Disney Animation confirmed its long-awaited Wreck-It Ralph sequel, the lovably lumbering character did what he does best: He broke the Internet. Social media feeds were flooded with updates about the upcoming film, and now, director Rich Moore has revealed some story details in an exclusive interview with Collider.
In the interview, Moore seems excited though tight-lipped about the project as fans are still scrounging to find out more about the sequel’s story. So far, all that we know is from John C. Reilly, who voices the film’s titular hero, as he promised, “Ralph leaves the Arcade and wrecks the Internet.”
Moore gave a little more insight into the story, though, by saying that the sequel will take place in modern times. “It’ll be just like the first one. So it will be exactly four years, or no, six years after the first Wreck-It Ralph. The current day timeline,” Moore said. The interview also teases fans that the upcoming sequel will include a nod towards the Tron films as Moore is a big fan of the franchise. When asked, “Are you going to manage to get TRON in this movie,” the director answered:
“You know, I think like, “Super Wreck-It Ralph is a great title,” and even like bringing up TRON, because I loved that game too, as a teenager. And we weren’t able to work it into the first one, and as of right now, I can tell you that there is a nod to TRON. If it will make it to the very end of the process, that’s always part of our journey. But definitely I’m a fan of that game and of those films, so it would be really nice to have it in.”
And, when the interviewer asked whether fans might see Ralph straddling a lightcycle in the sequel, the director didn’t completly shoot down the suggestion. That in and of itself is enough to guarantee many fans’ tickets.
As for the film’s cast, Moore had some news to share in the interview though much of it was announced during Disney’s livestream earlier today. Both John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman are set to return as Ralph and Vanellope respectively. However, Moore did hint that the film would feature a large, diverse cast as he said, “If it were up to me, every character would have another scene or a moment because I love all those characters. I think it would be tough to bring King Candy/Turbo back from the dead, because that seemed pretty final, the way he went, but you never know. So, I think it’s looking right now like it’s going to be a big cast. I like making films with interesting characters and with a big, fun cast of different people. So we’re having a really good time of putting together who’s going to come back from the first one and who are the new characters that they’re going to meet.”
Wreck-It Ralph 2 is slated to slide into theaters March 9th 2018.