Mary J. Blige takes on her first animated movie role

Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover in the sequel “Gnomeo & Juliet” which releases in theaters Friday 23rd.


Fresh off her Oscar nominated performance for “Mudbound” actress and singer Mary J. Blige is taking on her first animated project.

The Grammy-award winning singer voices the character of Irene Adler, a porcelain doll in the animated re-telling of the “Gnomeo & Juliet.” The family film about two star-crossed lovers, who happen to be adorable garden gnomes, has some clever nods to Shakespeare and is a sequel to 2011’s  film.  It follows the beloved garden gnomes who are back for a whole new adventure in London.  After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.  Sherlock finds himself needing his once engaged lover, Irene’s (Mary J. Blige) help and she winds up showing him what he’s been missing through an outstanding musical performance and original song ‘Stronger’ written by Elton John in the film. Along with her sassiness and charm, Irene gets her chance to show her multi-faceted fashion pieces.


This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and releases in theaters Friday March 23rd.

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