James Corden is to play a high five emoji on the big screen

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James Corden is set to voice an emoji in a new movie.

The comedian and talk show host will lend his vocals to a character named Hi-5 in summer 2017 flick Emojimovie: Express Yourself.

James Corden
James Corden (Jordan Strauss/AP)

TJ Miller and Ilana Glazer will also play emojis in the Sony Animation film, which will explore the secret hidden world inside smartphones.

The movie will follow a bunch of emojis who each have one facial expression - except one named Gene, who has plenty and wants to be normal like the others.

He enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana).

Director Anthony Leondis said: "Hi-5 is a high-five emoji who is a highly motivated, and highly dramatic, hand on a mission (sorry), and the brilliantly versatile, ebullient and always lovable James Corden fits this part like a glove (sorry again)."