[This review has been cross-posted with permission from Kabooooom!]
When The Muppets released in 2011 it was a celebrated return to the movies for Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the whole gang. That film was a nostalgia-laden trip through Muppet history and brought them back to relevance after years away. Their follow-up film, Muppets Most Wanted, is an enjoyable caper but as The Muppets themselves sing early on, “everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good.” (more…)
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It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to press play on the first teaser trailer for the sequel to The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted. Coming from the same creative team (sans Jason Segel), the sequel will continue the big screen adventures of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozie and the rest of the gang as they find themselves on a European adventure. In the trailer you’ll see scenes of new stars Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais hamming it up, and you will confirm once and for all if Scooter does indeed have moves like Jagger. But let’s put aside the preamble and get to the trailer:
Plot Synopsis – Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.
Ricky Gervais is reported to be in negotiations to star in The Muppets sequel as the lead “Human” actor. I guess he’s got to work with felt since no one in Hollywood wants to work with Gervais after his Golden Globe rant. (Joking here, I loved his performance! ! !) Production starts in January. Gervias, if the contracts are signed, will join Ty Burrell of Modern Familyas one of the three main “Human” roles. Burrell is said to be playing a lazy (I know he will play it “Bumbling” I am willing to bet he draws inspiration from Peter Sellers Inspector Jacques Clouseau) Interpool Inspector.
Gervais is no stranger to The Muppets stage, he shot a cameo for the first movie, but like many scenes shot in Hollywood, the scene didn’t make the final cut. The real question is, will Gervais have to sing like the first movie? I can’t remember him singing except while in his The Office character, who wasn’t supposed to be able to sing, that was the funny part.
Director James Bobin is returning for the sequel along with the rest of the Muppet crew. The as yet untitled The Muppets II is set to hit theaters in late 2013.
Actor Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Bastards) is known for playing some of the best villains in film. To hear he was cast as the lead in The Muppets sequel, it blew my mind. I can only imagine what it would have been like to see such an intense actor sing, dance and joke with The Muppets. Too bad it’s not going to happen.
Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, Waltz had to bow out.
The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Emmy award winner Ty Burrell will be taking over for Chris in the Nicholas Stoller and James Bobin written and directed sequel.
Not a bad choice. Being the a lead on the hit show Modern Family, Burrell sure knows how to act around muppets.
Not much is known about the exact plot except that it’s set in Europe, focuses on some kind of caper, will once again feature all the Muppets (including new addition, Walter) and three of the lead human roles are Burrell’s Interpol Inspector, a Russian Femme Fatale and another man “whose intentions are always in question.” Oscar-winner Bret McKenzie will also be back writing songs.
The Muppets sequel will reportedly shoot sometime next year in London, England, but as far as we’re concerned that’s a long ways away.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more casting news is developed in the future.