We’ve had a flurry of casting announcements over the past couple of months for Jason Segel’s upcoming Muppet movie, and with the first image from the movie also recently being released, I thought it was about time we posted a breakdown of all the people who are known to be involved thus far. As you have probably heard, the movie is being written by Segel and his Forgetting Sarah Marshall collaborator Nicholas Stoller, while James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords, Da Ali G Show) is the man who will actually be in the director’s chair. Segel will star, alongside Amy Adams (who will play his girlfriend), Rashida Jones (playing a TV exec), and Chris Cooper (the film’s villain). Now this week we have learned that a ton of well-known actors will also be joining the film for some smaller roles and cameos including Jack Black, Jane Lynch and Zach Galifianakis.
- Jane Lynch – Prison Guard
- Danny Trejo – Prisoner
- Donald Glover – ?
- Jack Black – ?
- Zach Galifianakis – Hobo Joe
- Alan Arkin – ?
- Barbara Eden – Jeannie
- French Stewart – Gabe Lou the Watch Salesman
- Kristen Schaal – The Moderator
- Paul Rudd or Michael Cera – Voice of Walter the Muppet?
- Eric Stonestreet, John Krasinski and Ed Helms – Lady Gaga’s entourage
The other, slightly more disappointing news, is that it looks like the title The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made has officially been dropped. The movie is now going under a much more creative title: The Muppets. This still seems to be a working title, however, so it could change again before the December 2011 release date. Let’s hope it does.
I think the cast is shaping up nicely, and although some might scoff at the number of celebrity cameos, I think we can all agree that The Muppets has always been big on fun celebrity appearances. What do you think about these casting announcements? Could this really end up being the greatest Muppet movie ever made?