'The Muppets' sequel gets an official title, plot details revealed
The follow-up to the 2011 film "The Muppets" now has an official title -- "The Muppets ... Again!"
New details about the movie were released by Walt Disney Studios on Wednesday, January 30, including plot information and celebrities who will star in the film, like comedian Ricky Gervais. The funnyman Tweeted out a photo of himself, Miss Piggy and Kermit on what appears to be a set for a London underground train station.
Jason Segel, who wrote and starred in "The Muppets," and Amy Adams will not return for the new movie, however, director James Bobin will return to direct the sequel. "The Muppets ... Again!" will feature music from Bret McKenzie of the comedy duo "Flight of the Conchords." McKenzie won an Oscar for Best Original Song for his tune from "The Muppets" called "Man or Muppet."
The sequel began production last week in London with a script written by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote "The Muppets" with Segel.
"It's great to be back working with the Muppets," Bobin said in a statement, "some of them even remember my name occasionally now. As for the movie, it's a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the '60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog --no panthers, even pink ones -- along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs."
Gervais, Tina Fey and "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell will be a part of the ride this time around as the Muppets leave Hollywood for a global sold-out tour which will include stops in Berlin, Madrid and London. The Muppets find themselves entangled in an international crime caper when the world's No. 1 criminal, named Constantine, is revealed to be a dead ringer for Kermit. Gervais plays Constantine's evil sidekick Dominic. Fey will play Nadya, "a feisty prison guard," while Burrell plays Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
"This movie takes us places we've never been before. And trust me -- this frog has never seen so much international flavor," Kermit said in a statement. I think audiences will eat it up -- the entertainment, that is."
"The Muppets ... Again!" will hit theaters on March 21, 2014.
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