The foul-mouthed sentient teddy bear and titular star of
According to Deadline Hollywood, Amanda Seyfried will play the female lead in the new film, while
The change is strictly a creative decision by writer, director and Ted voice MacFarlane, the report says, and he remains on good terms with Kunis, who voices the character Meg on MacFarlane's animated TV show "Family Guy."
Seyfried, meanwhile, is fresh off another collaboration with MacFarlane, the raunchy western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West," opening May 30. MacFarlane plays a cowardly sheep farmer who backs out of a gunfight, and Seyfried plays the unimpressed girlfriend he loses in the aftermath.
The original "Ted" ended — minor spoiler alert — with Kunis and Wahlberg's characters getting married, but MacFarlane has presumably figured out a way around that. It's not surprising: As the trailer for "A Million Ways" demonstrates, he has a knack for out-of-nowhere death scenes and other left-field surprises.
The real question is how audiences will react to Seyfried taking over duties as the female lead. The swap goes against the conventional wisdom of not changing a horse midstream, which has been attempted in the past with varying levels of success.
MacFarlane could take a cue from "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," which quickly wrote off Elizabeth Hurley's character as a robot and dispatched her in the movie's first few minutes, to be replaced by a new love interest (