Bob Idenkirk has been cast for a role in the upcoming Disney/Pixar film Incredibles 2, but to the frustration of fans, he refuses to say anything about the character whom he is playing, including whether or not he is the story’s new villain.
He explained that he was afraid of “wrecking” the film by saying too much.
“I would ruin my part of the movie if I told you, if I answered that question,” he said in an interview with CinemaBlend. “That is exactly the question I’m not allowed to answer. So think about that. Think about that.”
So clearly, the identity of Odenkirk’s character is a spoiler of some sort. That offers some credence to the idea that he will play the film’s villain, and perhaps be a surprise antagonist—after all, when the bad guy’s identity is a mystery, experienced moviegoers tend to assume that it’s the suspect with the best known actor.
This belated sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles is set for release on July 15, 2018. It once again centers around the Parr family, made of retired supeheroes Bob (Mr. Incredible, played by Craig T. Nelson) and Helen (Elastigirl, played by Holly Hunter) and their three children: teenage Violet (Sarah Vowell), who can turn invisible and make force fields, young son Dash (originally played by Spenser Fox), who is super fast, and baby Jack-Jack.
The first movie, which was a huge success and Pixar’s first attempt to focus on mostly human characters, spent most of its time exploring Bob midlife crisis and other motivations; this new story, however, will apparently put Helen more of a starring role, as she will reportedly need to go and face off against an old enemy.
Most of the cast members from the first film will be reprising their roles. However, Dash will now be voiced by newcomer Huck Milner; Jack-Jack, who was voiced by actual infants, will presumably be recast as well.
Aside from the Parrs, Samuel L. Jackson will also be returning as family friend Lucius Best/Frozone, an ice-based hero, with John Ratzenberger returning as the villainous Underminer. Brad Bird will direct again, and also return as Edna Mode, the eccentric fashion designer/mad scientist who creates superhero costumes.
Aside from Odenkirk, Catherine Keener will also be taking up a new, and so far unknown, part of the cast.