One Original Member of the Cast for Pixar’s Inside Out Not Returning
Disney announced earlier this year that it would follow up Inside Out (2015) with a sequel. Pixar has yet to announce details about the upcoming sequel, and only Amy Poehler has committed to returning for the second film. Inside Out was critically acclaimed and a huge hit, making nearly $900 million worldwide. It also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
One ‘Inside Out’ actor has confirmed that she will not return to the control center for the Inside Out sequel. Rumors had been swirling that Mindy Kaling (Disgust) and Bill Hader (Fear) would not return due to discrepancies in pay. That same report cited Poehler would receive $5 Million for her performance while her cast mates Kaling and Hader were set to earn 100,000 each.
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Kaling was asked about her future with the franchise and said, “I had a great time working on Inside Out and am sure Inside Out 2 will be great. But I’m not working on it.” Kaling confirmed this news in an interview with The Wrap where she sat down with to discuss her new HBO series “Velma.”
Kaling stressed that she is not a part of Inside Out 2 “right now”. Her participation could change depending on the direction of the story and if they can work on an agreeable compensation for her performance.
Pixar’s Inside Out follows the story of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, whose life is turned upside down when her family moves to a new city. The film is set inside of Riley’s mind, where five emotions – Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, and Sadness – are represented as characters who help to guide her actions and thoughts.
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When Joy and Sadness are accidentally swept up into the vast expanse of Riley’s long-term memory, they must journey back to headquarters and restore balance to the young girl’s mind before it’s too late. Along the way, they encounter various other aspects of Riley’s psyche and learn valuable lessons about the importance of all emotions, not just the happy ones.
Stay tuned for more production news from Inside Out 2 and more Pixar animation films from 2023 and beyond. Mindy Kaling’s “Velma” hits HBO Max on Jan. 12, and “Inside Out 2” hits theaters on June 14, 2024.
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