This is the singer’s second acting/voice acting role following an appearance on FOX comedy series American Dad in 2013.
Produced by and directed by Carlos Saldanha, Rio 2 is the 3D follow-up to 2011’s Rio and the studio’s first film to have a sequel outside of their existing Ice Age franchise.
In April 2011, Rio opened with $39,225,962 during its first weekend in the U.S. and grossed $143,618,384 by September, exceeding its estimated $90,000,000 budget.
Set in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the colorful film will feature the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro and Jake T. Austin.
Rio 2 is currently scheduled to be released worldwide on April 11, 2014, following the film’s premiere in Brazil on March 28, 2014 and its UK release on April 4, 2014.
The soundtrack, available everywhere on April 8, 2014, will feature Janelle’s new single “What Is Love,” which will be played during the film’s New Year’s Eve party, sung partly by characters Nico, Blu, and Jewel as they are all partying. Watch the lyric video and scene below.