Everyone’s favorite swaggering feline is making a long-awaited return to the big screen.
Puss in Boots’ first solo film was a huge commercial success in 2011, with the suave kitty raking in over $554 million at the global box office.
Even so, its sequel Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, seemed to get stuck in development hell and even changed directors. Now, instead of Bob Persichetti (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), the film will be directed by Joel Crawford and produced by Mark Swift.
However, the wait is almost over: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, the first new adventure set in the Shrek universe in over a decade, has finally set a release date and will hit the big screen later. This year.
The film will follow Puss’ epic journey to find the mythical Wishing Star, the only thing that can restore the eight lives he lost.
An intriguing trailer has landed, alongside a poster (below) giving fans their first glimpse of Puss battling a colossal stone monster – and making it clear he hasn’t lost his taste for public validation.
However, his praise comes at a high cost, as Puss realizes he is on his ninth and final life.
The trailer also gives us a look at the return of Kitty Softpaws, Puss’ romantic interest from the first film, who will be voiced by returning actor Salma Hayek. The sequel will also bring Antonio Banderas back to voice Puss in Boots.
Read on for everything you need to know about Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish release date
Finally, long, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish has an official release date of Friday September 23, 2022.
It’s a welcome development as a sequel has been in the works for many, many years.
Voice actor Antonio Banderas confirmed that Puss in Boots 2 began production in 2014, telling Collider at the time, “We started the new one four days ago.”
He continued, “It’s done incredibly well with audiences and critics, all over the world, and the character will continue. Starring Jeffrey [Katzenberg], whatever he wants. He’s one of my favorite producers. This character was born almost 12 years ago. We had a lot of fun with him, and it seems like the audience did too. So we’re doing another one.”
In 2014, the film was given the title Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves and was supposed to be released in 2018, but was delayed and ultimately scrapped by DreamWorks Animation.
Cast of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
There’s also great news on the casting side: Antonio Banderas is back to voice Puss in Boots.
Newcomers to the franchise’s voice cast include Harvey Guillén (Reacher) as Kitty’s new canine contact and Puss, Perro, while Florence Pugh (Black Widow), Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Samson Kayo (Sliced ) and Wagner Moura (Narcos) signed on to voice undisclosed characters.
Anthony Mendez (Jane the Virgin), John Mulaney (Big Mouth), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Trolls), Ray Winstone (Black Widow) also joined the cast in undisclosed roles.
Is Salma Hayek Returning as Kitty Softpaws in Puss in Boots 2?
Yes, the cat is out of the bag. Salma Hayek (Eternals) returns to voice Kitty Softpaws, Puss’ love interest from the first film.
The film’s first trailer gave fans a glimpse of his reunion with Banderas, who voices the fiercely lovable titular cat, and it looks like there might be some romance in store for the duo. Read more about this below.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Trailer
DreamWorks has released the first trailer for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, giving fans their first look at Antonio Banderas as the voice of the feline swordsman.
Once again, Puss in Boots looks fabulous in the face of danger as he battles a colossal stone monster in front of a huge crowd.
However, it is soon clear that his victory comes at a price, as he realizes that he only has one of his nine cat lives left.
“When you only have one life, that’s what makes it special,” Kitty Softpaws (Hayek) tells her. Watch below:
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is scheduled for September 23, 2022. Visit our Movies hub for more news and features and find something to watch tonight with our TV guide.