Morgan Freeman has signed up to play a civil rights lawyer in the comedy sequel 'Ted 2'. Plot details are being kept under wraps but Variety reports that Ted calls upon Freeman's character after he becomes entangled in tricky legal issues.

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman has signed on for 'Ted 2'

Apparently Seth MacFarlane - who is writing, directing and voicing the titular character in the sequel - has been looking to land Freeman since announcing the project. Currently shooting in Boston, the movie sees Mark Wahlberg reprising his role as Ted's buddy, though Amanda Seyfried takes over from Mila Kunis as the primary love interest. 

This week, Wahlberg was spotted on-set with the Flash Gordon actor Sam J. Jones, who appeared to be dressed as a priest. The actor retired from acting after his career began to falter in the late 1980's.

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The original movie told the story of John Bennett, a Boston citizen whose childhood wish to bring his teddy bear to life comes true. However, Ted begins to prevent John from moving on with his adult life. It made $549 million worldwide, including $218 million at the U.S box office. The sequel is set for June 26, 2015.

Freeman was most recently seen in Luc Besson's well-received Lucy and is about to begin work on the action crime-thriller London Has Fallen, with Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett and Aaron Eckhart. He also has action-adventure Last Knights ready for release and history documentary We the People.

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