20 November 2012 9:04 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's coming. After pulling in a whopping $563 million worldwide, The Smurfs movie scored a sequel that's due to hit theaters next summer. Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first movie, is back in the director's chair for The Smurfs 2, and much of the cast has returned to reprise their roles including Anton Yelchin, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Jayma Mays, and Neil Patrick Harris. The sequel will build off a bizarre bit of backstory that Smurfette revealed in their first feature. During some girl talk with Jayma Mays' character, Smurfette explains that she wasn't originally Smurf, but actually a creation of Gargamel's meant to snare the all-male Smurfs. However, Papa Smurf and the other Smurfs accepted her, and mysteriously made her a full-fledged Smurf, filled with the kind of magic Gargamel craves. So in Smurfs 2, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette to discover how her transformation happened, as he hopes to do the »

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