Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (also known as Chicken Run 2) is an upcoming stop motion animated comedy film produced by the French studio StudioCanal and British studio Aardman Animations, in a partnership with Netflix. A sequel to 2000's Chicken Run, the film will be directed by Sam Fell, from a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell, and a story by Fell.
Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s English farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk – this time, they’re breaking in!
Cast and Characters
- Thandiwe Newton as Ginger
- Zachary Levi as Rocky
- Bella Ramsey as Molly
- Romesh Ranganathan as Nick
- Daniel Mays as Fetcher
- David Bradley as Fowler
- Lynn Ferguson as Mac
- Imelda Staunton as Bunty
- Jane Horrocks as Babs
- Josie Sedgwick-Davies as Frizzle
- Nick Mohammed as Dr. Fry
A sequel to Chicken Run was announced on 26 April 2018. Aardman Animations will reunite with StudioCanal for the sequel though unlike the first film, neither DreamWorks Animation nor its current parent company, Universal Pictures, will have any involvement, as DreamWorks had ended their partnership with Aardman in January 2007, after the release of Flushed Away on 3 November 2006.
Sam Fell, co-director of Flushed Away, is attached to direct, with Paul Kewley and Nick Park producing. The original Chicken Run writers Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell will return for the sequel. Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton will serve as executive producers.
On 16 October 2019, the film officially began pre-production. On 23 June 2020, Netflix purchased the worldwide distribution rights to the film, excluding China.
On 23 June 2020, it was announced that Mel Gibson will not be reprising his role as Rocky the Rooster from the original film, with his character expected to be recast instead, due to actress Winona Ryder accusing him of making an antisemitic remark to her, whilst attending a party in 1995. On 10 July 2020, Julia Sawalha expressed her indignation when she learned that her role as Ginger will be recast with a younger actress, due to the film's producers believing that her voice sounded "too old". On 20 January 2022, it was announced that Thandiwe Newton and Zachary Levi had been cast as Ginger and Rocky respectivley, with Jane Horrocks, Imelda Staunton, and Lynn Ferguson repising their roles from the original. Bella Ramsey, Romesh Ranganathan, David Bradley, and Daniel Mays have also been cast in undisclosed roles.
Principal photography was expected to commence in 2021.
- The film was originally scheduled to be released in TBA. but was pushed back, 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- It has been confirmed that two original cast members, Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha (the original voice actors for Rocky and Ginger, respectively) will not be returning.
- Gibson was fired from his role as Rocky owing to an antisemitic joke he made to fellow actor Winona Ryder at a party in 1995.
- Sawalha's character, Ginger was simply recast by studio executives, who felt she sounded too old for the character. This decision has resulted in some considerable backlash, with some pointing out that the decision was ageist.
- This is the second sequel movie produced by Aardman.
- It is also the first - and currently only - sequel in an Aardman franchise not to be related to Wallace and Gromit in any way.