Morgan Freeman’s dulcet vocals have ushered us through the darkest of narratives, both factual and fictional. He’s taught us about the Civil War. He’s taken us inside the White House, where men are made and broken on a daily basis, more than a handful of times. He’s helped us cope with some of the bleakest cinematic deaths this side of Jack in Titanic: Hillary Swank in Million Dollar Baby and James Whitmore in The Shawshank Redemption. So it’s only appropriate that now, Freeman should usher us to the darkest place of all: The unknown.
Gizmodo reports that Waze — the navigation app that’s owned by Google, but still better than Google Maps, for some reason — has added a “Morgan Freeman” setting to its vocal roster. In other words, if you feel like having Freeman tell you how to get home from work, or the bar, or jail, you now can. Freeman will calmly inform you if you’ve taken a wrong turn, how long it’ll take you to reach your destination, or how many penguins it would take to march you all the way home.
Past celebrities to lend their pipes to Waze include Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin Hart, both of whom had films to promote. Freeman’s involvement is similarly promotional: He has a new movie out in early March called London Has Fallen, in which he plays the Vice President of the United States. It’s a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, that 2013 movie also starring Freeman that dealt with a terrorist attack on the White House. This is not to be confused with Inside The White House, which was a National Geographic doc narrated by Freeman, or The Hunting Of The President, a doc about the campaign against Bill Clinton’s presidency, also narrated by Freeman. Or The President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside The Oval Office. Also narrated by — you guys get it.