Set for release on March 21, 2014, the Walt Disney Pictures film 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 Constantinethe World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermitand his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two (Ricky Gervais). The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
“I think there are so many surprises and different, fun stories going on in this one,” Hoberman says. “…We go to a lot of different places. We just happen to end up in London. Thats where the caper culminates.
Although he won’t write out seeing Jason Segel reprise his role as Gary in a future Muppet movie, Hoberman says there won’t be a cameo this time around. The Moopets, however, who made their first appearance in 2011’s The Muppets, will be back with Miss Poogy making an appearance. Also returning is Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie.
Bret wrote all these songs for this new movie and they are so different and cover such a wide range of genres,” Hoberman continues. “I think weve got a couple of spectacular musical numbers in this one and I think it runs the gamut of ballad and comedy songs. Probably one homage to contemporary rock. I think we have five songs in this and theyre all original, so Im hopeful. Music is so ingrained in the Muppet culture and history, and its part of the fun of doing it, frankly.
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