Puss in Boots is finally back with another epic adventure full of battles against his fairytale foes. The sequel to the Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots comes eleven years after the first feline-fronted film, which was released in 2011 and starred Antonio Banderas as the voice of the wildly cute and fierce furry bandit. That backstory will now be developed further with the sequel film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, set to arrive in theaters this fall.
2011’s Puss in Boots saw the titular feline’s backstory explored for the first time, recounting his adventures with other well-known fairytale characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame. So how can we expect the upcoming sequel to build on this established world? With the film’s release coming up soon, let’s take a look at everything we know about Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.
Trailer For Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
The film’s preview was released by Universal Pictures on March 15, 2022, and shows the furry hero saving his small hometown of San Ricardo from a colossal enemy and recounting the many daring ways he has spent the last eight of his nine lives. For Puss, it wasn’t curiosity that killed the cat, but rather an insatiable love for adventure and an unfortunate shellfish allergy. The trailer also gives viewers a peek into which characters are making a return for the sequel, and who Puss’ new enemies will be.
The film will pick up some time after the events of the first film, though still before Puss eventually crosses paths with Shrek. The recent release of the official trailer has given us some idea of what we can expect to see in the film. In the trailer, we see Puss fighting a giant rock monster to the cheers of his fans. He defeats the monster, though he dies when a church bell falls on top of him. We learn that Puss’s life of adventure has already cost him eight of his nine lives. With only one life left, Puss is forced to confront the fact that he will not live forever, and he must learn how to live his ninth life as though it is truly his last. It doesn’t seem like this news fundamentally changes Puss that much, as he still continues his life of fighting, with his newest adversaries being Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Puss’s sidekick and love interest from the first film, Kitty Softpaws, will be by his side in the new adventure, as will the new character Perro, the duo’s canine associate.
The trailer gives us a general idea of what we can expect from the film, but for any more concrete information, we will likely have to wait and see when the film hits theaters this fall
Cast Members in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Antonio Banderas will return to star as the gazpacho-loving gato, Puss in Boots, in the upcoming sequel. Since the last Puss in Boots film, the Spanish actor has appeared in a number of films and television shows, most recently portraying the ruthless Santiago Moncada in the film adaptation of the video game Uncharted. Interestingly, the multilingual actor has voiced Puss in the Spanish and Italian dubs of the films in addition to the original English cuts.
Harvey Guillén (Reacher) has joined the franchise’s voice cast as Kitty and Puss’ new canine companion Perro. In contrast, Florence Pugh (Black Widow), Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Samson Kayo (Sliced), and Wagner Moura (Narcos) have also signed on to portray unnamed roles.
In unspecified roles, Anthony Mendez (Jane the Virgin), John Mulaney (Big Mouth), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Trolls), and Ray Winstone (Black Widow) have joined the cast.
A Puss in Boots sequel has been in development at DreamWorks for years, beginning soon after the first film’s release. In June 2014, the sequel was first given a release date of November 2, 2018, titled Puss in Boots: Nine Lives and Forty Thieves. It was later removed from the schedule and underwent several more years of changes in development. Finally, in March 2021, the film received its current release date under the new title Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.
The film will be released theatrically in the United States on December 21, 2022, barring any delays or cancellations.