Jason Segel Now Set to Star in That New Muppets Movie, Too
by Alex Billington
March 15, 2010
After co-writing the script with Nicholas Stoller, pitching it to Disney, and helping develop the project up to this point, Heat Vision now reports that actor Jason Segel will also star in Disney's new Muppets movie as well. Supposedly titled The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time (although the trade doesn't confirm that), the movie is about the Muppets coming out of retirement to save the TV studio that the original show was shot in. Segel is also producing along with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films. As we learned earlier this year, "Flight of the Conchords" co-creator James Bobin will be directing the film.
As was usually the case with most Muppets movies of past, Segel may be one of the only human characters in the movie. The studio isn't talking about the plotline yet, but I'm not sure they could follow that story of saving a studio without having at least a few human characters, but who knows? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough. Thankfully, Segel is one of my favorite comedic actors anyway, so I'm quite happy to see him taking on the lead in a project that really is mostly his own creation. Plus, seeing him sing and perform "Dracula's Lament" in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (and on talk shows, too) is enough proof that this guy knows how to work with Muppets and have a damn good time with them. I'm definitely looking forward to this! You too?
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
Is Tom Waits playing Fozzie Bear.
People's Champ on Mar 15, 2010
I'm a huge fan of Segel. He was best part of Freaks and Geeks. The saving grace of Undeclared. Ridiculous in SLC Punk. Absurdly good in Forgetting Sarah (which he wrote). And carried a bulk of the weight for the comedy in I Love You, Man. Hell, I can't think of a movie I didn't like him in.
Stevo on Mar 15, 2010
Excellent news. I expected him to have a part in some capacity. I want this movie to work so badly and it feels as though it'll all fall into place....fingers crossed.
Voice of Reason on Mar 16, 2010
Jason is class, i watch How I Met Your Mother and some of my fave parts come from him, should be a good flick!
Ken on Mar 16, 2010
I can't wait for this movie.
chrishaley on Mar 16, 2010
This better not suck and send the muppets to 80's obscurity. I'm pullin for you Jas!!
jomba joose on Mar 16, 2010
Please dear lord, let there NOT be a cameo from Whoopi Goldberg
Hunter Reed on Mar 16, 2010
I had hoped that he would star in it. Weirdly, I enjoyed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but didn't really find it all that funny. Dracula's Lament was great though, and after seeing him pop up again on Craig Ferguson's show, I'm hoping we may some day get a feature film starring muppet Dracula.
Craig on Mar 16, 2010
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