“It looks like they’ve ordered a sequel!” That’s right, the Muppets are back in a new movie after their hugely successful resurrection in 2011’s The Muppets. While the man largely responsible for the Muppets’ comeback – Jason Segel – won’t be returning, you can bet that all of your favorite furry friends will be, and they’re bringing along some of the biggest names in comedy. There are also some heavy hitters filling Segel’s shoes behind the scenes, reuniting some of the most successful comedic and musical teams of the past ten years.
Returning for Muppets Most Wanted are director James Bobin, writer Nicholas Stoller, and songwriter Christophe Beck. Bobin is one of the creative geniuses behind Flight of the Conchords and Da Ali G Show; even helping create later Sacha Baron Cohen characters like Borat and Bruno. His Flight of the Conchords partner, Bret McKenzie, will replace Segel as part of the musical team that is so integral to these films. McKenzie will work alongside acclaimed Jean-Christophe Beck, who previously won an Emmy for his work scoring Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Bobin himself is also taking over Segel’s co-writing duties with Nicholas Stoller, known for his work on Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.
Many fans are disappointed that Jason Segel and Amy Adams won’t be returning for the sequel, especially because of their chemistry and impeccable musical and comedic talents. However, if there were any trio of comedians that could fill their shoes, Muppets Most Wanted has them. First up is Ricky Gervais as Dominic Badguy: burglar, accomplice of renowned thief and Kermit lookalike, Constantine, and the Muppets new tour manager! Tina Fey has a terrific role as Nadya, the head honcho of a Russian GULAG where Kermit is mistakenly sent. Beneath her tough exterior she’s really a fanatical singer and dancer, and has no idea that she has imprisoned her idol, Kermit. Fresh off his voice role as Mr. Peabody in Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Ty Burrell is playing French Interpol Inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon. While the Muppets search for Kermit, Inspector Napoleon and Sam the Eagle set off to find escaped convict Constantine, despite frequent Franco-American culture clashes. Once again, there will also be a ton of celebrity cameos, but you’ll just have to watch the movie to see them all!
James Bobin has said that film embodies the comedy, action, and intrigue of 60’s heist films like How to Steal a Million and The Pink Panther. While this might sound similar to 1981’s The Great Muppet Caper, the days of the Muppets playing other characters are long over. With recent appearances on talk shows and commercials, Jim Henson’s beloved puppets have become celebrities in their own right, like living, breathing actors. Muppets Most Wanted has taken their status as iconoclasts to a new level, and has provided a new generation of children and families with wacky, familiar friends. Find showtimes and tickets for Muppets Most Wanted right here.