Katherine Heigl will reprise her role as Andie the squirrel in Open Road Films "The Nut Job 2" the sequel to the 2014 feature which scored the biggest box office opening ever for an independent, animated film and surpassed $120 million at the global box office.

The Nut Job 2

The sequel takes audiences back to the town of Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor and take back the park.

Other returning cast members include Will Arnett (Surly), Maya Rudolph (Precious the Dog), Gabriel Iglesias (Jimmy) and Jeff Dunham (Mole) and the studio has set May 19, 2017, as the U.S. release date. Cal Brunker, who co-wrote the script with Scott Bindley and Bob Barlen, will direct.