'The Muppets' Lands Paul Rudd, Jane Lynch, Lady Gaga & More
We recently gave you a first look at the increasingly appealing return of our favorite puppets The Muppets including our first look at a new, hip, young Muppet named Walter. In the film, writer and star Jason Segel (I Love You, Man) and the young Everypuppet attempt to save a failing theater by showcasing the talents of Kermit the Frog and the rest of the gang. Now we have word from The Wrap that Paul Rudd will provide the voice of Walter. Additional human characters will also pop up courtesy of Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Danny Trejo (Machete) and Donald Glover ("Community"). More wild, but hilariously fun casting news below!
Muppet movies have always been known for their bit supporting roles with popular actors and actresses of the time, so this comes as no surprise. Glover's role isn't known, but Lynch will play a prison guard while Trejo will play her prisoner. In addition, the previously mentioned cameo from Zach Galifianakis has been confirmed with him playing a character called "Hobo Jo." But that's not all the big names dropping into spend time with the Muppets. The previously announced cast including Chris Cooper, Amy Adams and Rashida Jones sounds great, but you ain't seen nothin' yet.
Production Weekly also reports through a couple Twitter updates that in addition to the aforementioned new cast members, fashionista and pop star Lady Gaga may somehow be involved (can she please quarrel with Miss Piggy?). Even better is her entourage is reportedly going to be made up of John Krasinski ("The Office"), Ed Helms (The Hangover) and Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"). It's unclear whether they'll be playing a Muppet entourage or will keep their usual human form, but that just sounds awesome. And topping off the new additions is Jack Black in an unspecified role.
It really is a shame that the old title for this flick, The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made seems to have been dropped, because this really has the makings of a return to form for Jim Henson's staple creations and all the great celebrity guests to pull some strings for laughs. It's also good that Production Weekly's Twitter updates jived with some of The Wrap's casting bits since that makes the rest of their extended casting list much more likely. Many of these stars have previously worked with Jason Segel or fit the moniker of the kind of celebrities that would have found themselves mixed up with the Muppets if they were still on the boob tube. I couldn't be anymore excited to see how this new Muppet movie turns out. How about you?