Patrick Stewart is playing poop in The Emoji Movie. Seriously.

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May 3, 2017, 2:52 PM EDT (Updated)

The idea of making a movie based on emojis sounds pretty terrible on its surface, but the casting for this CGI flick just got a whole lot more interesting. 

As io9 reports, Sony Pictures Animation has confirmed Patrick Stewart will be playing the poop emoji in The Emoji Movie. You know, the one with the curvy swirl of poop that looks weirdly like chocolate ice cream. Stewart will join fellow new addition Maya Rudolph, along with TJ Miller, James Corden and Steven Wright.

So why on Earth is Patrick Stewart playing poo? According to director Tony Leondis, they’re taking a unique approach to the poop emoji. Namely, he’ll be "posh and classy," on the "upper crust" of the emoji spectrum. That's certainly in Stewart's wheelhouse, though being a literal turd is a bit of a stretch. If nothing else, this at least has us thinking and talking about The Emoji Movie, which was kind of the point. Right?

The Emoji Movie is set to open Aug. 4.

What do you think of Stewart's casting? Does this have you more interested in The Emoji Movie?

(Via io9)