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WATCH: First Trailer Arrives for Illumination’s ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’

Patton Oswalt replaces disgraced comedian Louis C.K. in the lead role of Jack Russell terrier Max in the sequel to Illumination Entertainment’s 2016 hit animated feature.

Illumination Entertainment has dropped the first trailer for the sequel to Secret Life of Pets, the 2016 animated feature that gave pet owners a sneak peek at what their precious animals did while they were away from home.

Now voicing the lead role of Jack Russell terrier Max, Patton Oswalt has replaced disgraced comedian Louis C.K., who was ousted from the role last November following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Oswalt joins the crew returning from the first film: Chloe the tabby cat (voiced by Lake Bell), Mel the pug (Bobby Moynihan), Buddy the dachshund (Hannibal Buress), Duke the mongrel (Eric Stonestreet) and Gidget the Pomeranian (Jenny Slate). Newcomers Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll round out the cast.

The new trailer gives us a glimpse of what audiences can expect as the gang reunites to take down a villainous animal-abusing vet, Dr. Francis, voiced by Harrison Ford:

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy, with both director Chis Renaud and writer Brian Lynch returning for the sequel.

Secret Life of Pets opened to a massive $104.4 million in July 2016, according to Box Office Mojo, going to on to earn a total of $368.4 million at the domestic box office. The film also brought in $507.1 million overseas for a global tally of $875.5 million. Secret Life of Pets 2 arrives in theaters on June 7, 2019.

Source: Illumination Entertainment

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.