RoosterTeeth and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today a wild surprise for fans of RWBY and the show’s heroine Ruby Rose – the series is going to get a new feature-length animated movie, with actor Chris Pratt voicing the main character.
The news comes as quite a shock to fans, just a day after Ruby’s birthday. Chris Pratt is best known for his lead roles in the new Jurassic Park movies, Guardians of the Galaxy and, most importantly, Parks and Recreation. While Chris Pratt has less experience voicing animated characters, only really having done Lego Movie series and Onward, in recent days there have been quite a few statements from various studios that Chris Pratt will indeed voice the lead characters in their movies. The roles include Mario in Nintendo’s new Mario movie, Garfield in Sony’s new Garfield movie, Patrick Star in Paramount’s Patrick-focused Spongebob Squarepants movie and Freeza in a yet-unannounced Dragon Ball Freeza spin-off.
Fans were quick to express their shock and befuddlement, especially since Ruby Rose already has an iconic voice, provided by Lindsey Jones. RoosterTeeth’s decision to replace them as the voice behind the character could be attributed to studio’s hope of using Chris Pratt’s starpower to attract a move casual audience and possibly a master plan to flood every single animated movie with well-known actors with little voice-acting experience. Some fans expressed confusion why actress Ruby Rose wasn’t the one chosen to voice Ruby Rose, however, as others have pointed out, Ruby Rose (actress) doesn’t really get along with Warner Bros. after the whole Batwoman fiasco. It’s complicated.
Some fans are also criticizing the old and now deleted tweet by the actor in 2012, which you can see below.
While the strong language towards huntsmen, Vale and Faunus, with the last even receiving a slur, could seem like a good reason not to cast Chris Pratt to voice a huntress with Faunus friends, most people decided to ignore this tweet, given that it is almost ten years old and was allegedly written before RWBY was released. Speaking of social media, the Jurassic Park and Recreation star has calmed the show’s fans down on Instagram by recording an objectively-great impression of Ruby’s famous quotes “It’s also a gun!” and “ZWEI!!”.
We’ve reached out to RoosterTeeth for comments about the upcoming movie. Particularly, we were interested to hear where it would slot into the show’s timeline. Will it be an unlikely remake of the first three Volumes, a story set in-between volumes à la RWBY’s video-games, or will they continue the story in some way past Volume 8? A representative answered us plainly:
“It is no secret that RWBY draws great inspiration from Japanese culture, especially anime. By following the footsteps of some of the greatest anime in history, we too decided to make our feature-length movie a non-canon spin-off with none of the movie’s new characters or powers ever appearing in the show proper.”