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Here’s Our First Look at the New Muppets Movie, its Cast, and Synopsis

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive photo of the Muppets on a whirlwind tour of Europe set to comprise the initial plot of what is being called The Muppets…Again!, a title full of all the punctuation that Star Trek Into Darkness is missing. Seriously. That’s a dumb title, The Muppets…Again! I don’t care how good you generally are are at self-referential 4th wall breaking. See? Nobody can even tell that that was two sentences. I’m not putting a non-italicized period just after an italicized exclamation point. That’s just gross.

But I forgive you, because you’ve confirmed that Tina Fey is your female lead.

Yes, The Muppets…Again! concerns fuzzy antics across Europe, as Kermit and Co. complete and international tour and he is mistaken for a jewel thief. From Disney’s press release:

Disney’s “The Muppets …Again!” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais, creator of “Derek” and the Golden Globe®- and Emmy®-winning series “The Office” and “Extras.” The film stars Golden Globe-, Emmy- and SAG Award®-winning actress and writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock,”
“Mean Girls,” “Date Night”) as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”) as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Am I concerned at the superficial similarities to The Great Muppet Caper, since according to Entertainment Weekly, this mysterious (and presumably quite handsome) Constantine is after “an enormous diamond?” Kinda, yeah, seems like they really should have gone with art theft or bank robbery or something, you know, not comparable to the Baseball Diamond, and here’s another jewel thief who Piggy might very well have a romantic dalliance with if he’s a dead ringer for Kermit. But I am an insufferable Muppet nerd, and will give them the benefit of the doubt wherever possible.

And hey, Tina Fey is the female lead. We heard this from the Hollywood Reporter’s sources three weeks ago, and Fey confirmed her involvement at the SAG awards this week, but it seemed too good to be true. Just being involved in the shoot might not mean anything: there are usually a lot of cameos in Muppet movies. But now we’ve heard it from Disney themselves. Time to sit back and wait for that release date… for a bit more than a year. The Muppets…Again! premieres in March, 2014.

Oh, and here’s the uncropped version of Entertainment Weekly’s splash page. Click to embiggen!

(via Entertainment Weekly, high rez picture via ToughPigs.)

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t see the problem with the title, honestly. It’s perfectly Muppet-y.

    I don’t see why Tina Fey as a “fiesty prison guard” (who by several accounts is Russian, which would require her to put on a Russian accent) would be something to look forward to, either.

  • Anonymous

    I mean, yay muppets, but… why not a more original plot? I’m confused.

  • Elizabeth Gorman

    Tina Fey is the HUMAN female lead. Miss Piggy is THE female lead in the movie. The press people should get these things straight. And yeah, it does sound like a retread of Great Muppet Caper.

  • Ribbonquest

    Yeah, kinda dampens my interest.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Tina Fey is good. (I could do without Gervais, though).

  • E-Money

    After years of no Muppets and even more years of no decent Muppets, I could care less about some of the casting issues and similarities to Great Muppet Caper. Jason Segel’s Muppets was good enough that I’m just gonna ride this high as long as I can. Plus Tine Fey is a HUGH bonus. I’m excited about the prospect of Ty Burrell with a French accent. Dorky sexy Frenchman? Yes please!

  • Kathryn

    So… A bad title, and Ricky Gervais?

    Seriously, do they *want* people to go and see this?

  • Betty Windsor

    Uh, all of the Muppets movies have sort of stupid plots, but the muppets doing those silly things is what’s enjoyable to me. I don’t mind the casting at all. I want as little of terrible romancey obsessive marriage bull crap as possible please.

  • Anonymous

    Disney thinks it’s what made the last a hit.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I dunno, when I think of someone who encompasses the Muppet ideal of acceptance of all sorts of wacky people, I think of Gervais.


  • Kathryn

    Pretty much this. Considering some of the controversies he’s been in and the shows he currently makes, I’m absolutely flabberghasted that they thought of him as even halfway appropriate for this.