First Look: New ‘Muppets’ movie with Jason Segel

9 Nov

Entertainment Weekly is giving us our first look at the new Muppets movie, written by and starring Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Jason Segel. The new film, the first major theatrical Muppet ‘caper’ since 1999’s Muppets from Space, will feature a new Muppet named Walter, best friend and roommate to Segel’s character Gary, who gets star-struck when he meets Kermit and the other Muppets. Segel explains of Walter’s obsession, “”Walter has a little bit of a self-confidence issue because he’s the only person like him that he’s seen aside from the Muppets. His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him.”

The film will be directed by James Bobin, who’s been writer and director for ‘The Flight of the Conchords’ and ‘Da Ali G Show,’ Nick Stoller, Segel’s director for Sarah Marshall will help with the script, and the film will co-star Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and the ubiquitous Zach Galifianakis. The film, slated for December 25, 2011, follows Walter and Gary as they reunite the entire Muppet cast to try to save the Muppet Theater from being torn down.

Upon first look, the premise rubs us the wrong way. How or why would there be one puppet (Walter) left in the world outside of all the other Muppets? But we are kind of stoked at the possibility of following Walter and Gary around as they try to get the whole Muppet gang back together, and with Amy Adams, who already has proven her worth as a Disney star, Chris Cooper inevitably as the bad guy, and one can only guess as to what Zach Galifianakis will do, it should prove to be a fun ride. And let’s not forget, Segel already has plenty of experience working with puppets…



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