For months we’ve been getting bits of news about the sequel to 2011′s successful “The Muppets,” but now we have some real facts about it, thanks to EW.
First, we no longer have to call it “The Muppets” sequel–the real title is “The Muppets…Again!” So hooray for real titles!
Second, we have a plot. EW says:
“[The sequel] finds the Muppet repertory company enjoying a triumphant world tour, only to become tangled up with a criminal mastermind named Constantine, who is out to steal an enormous diamond—and who happens to be a dead ringer for Kermit.”
Here’s a thought from James Bobin, the film’s director and co-writer (with Nicholas Stoller):
“I always loved those classic jewel-heist capers from the ’60s and ’70s, so I was very keen to do a movie that had elements of that [genre] featuring the Muppets and comedy and songs.”
And some thoughts from the film’s star, Kermit the Frog:
I know you just started shooting, but what can you tell me at this point about the plot of the movie?
I can actually tell you quite a lot because I have a press release in front of me, which makes it very easy! The idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we’re selling out these grand theaters all over Europe—in Berlin, Madrid, London—but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my doppleganger. He’s the world’s number one criminal, Constantine, and he happens to look an awful lot like me. I won’t tell you any more than that, but let’s just say mayhem ensues.
So are you playing both roles?
No. We talked about putting me in makeup and having me play both roles, but we decided Constantine needed to be a guy who could do a Russian accent. And, you know, I’m a pretty accomplished actor and all, but besides the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films, I’ve only really ever played myself. The great thing is, I have like 3,000 relatives back in the swamp, so it was quite easy to find a frog who could play Constantine.
What? He passed up a chance to play a dual role? Doesn’t he know that that’s a fast ticket to an Oscar?!
You can read the rest of the interview with Kermit at EW. The movie is currently filming in London, with non-Muppet cast members Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey. It’s set for a March 21, 2014 release.