Jason Segel Clears Up The Muppets Movie Rumors & Jack Black Reveals His Cameo
12.27.10 by BJSprecher
For the first time in more than a decade, a new Muppets movie is in production. Titled simply The Muppets (formerly The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time!!!), the new movie is a labor of love for producer, co-writer, co-director and star Jason Segel, who first pitched the idea to Walt Disney Pictures in 2008 with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall director, Nicholas Stoller, co-writer of the movie's screenplay. In a recent interview with MTV, Segel confirmed the new title and cleared up a couple of the rumors that have been surrounding the movie in recent months.
In The Muppets, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and all of the other Muppets are living out their days in semi-retirement, when Walter, a new muppet character and an unabashed fan of the Muppets, discovers the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down and decides to bring all of the Muppets back together to help save it. Rumors had it that Paul Rudd or Michael Cera would be voicing the new character, but Segel revealed that the puppeteers themselves would be voicing all of the characters, with no celebrity voices. He did confirm Rudd was considered for a part in the movie, but as a human version of Walter during a sequence in which Walter fantasizes about what it would be like to be human.
Segel also denied singer Lady Gaga would be making a cameo appearance in the movie, though he did say that an offer had gone out to the outlandish pop star.
Did we? I haven't heard yet! I'm being totally serious.... We're trying. I haven't heard if anything happened yet. This is breaking news! I'm being totally serious. We are hoping to get Lady Gaga, yeah, but we haven't heard anything yet.
In other Muppets news, Jack Black recently confirmed to EW that he would be making an appearance in the movie as himself.
I will be playing myself. It’s kind of like Being John Malkovich. It is a new twist on the Muppets. Very cerebral and meta.
The Muppets is being directed by James Bobin, co-creator of Flight of the Conchords. Amy Adams co-stars, with confirmed cameo appearances by Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Danny Trejo, Emily Blunt, Ed Helms, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and many more.