A First Look at the New Muppets Movie

Walt Disney Pictures has provided us with this first look at Disney’s The Muppets, to be directed by James Bobin from a script by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller. The December 25, 2011 release will star Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper.

Entertainment Weekly says that the new Muppet in the film will be Walter, who you can see holding the smartphone below. He’s described as “a sweet, slightly naive twenty-something Everypuppet who, in the movie, is the best friend and roommate of Segel’s character, Gary. Both Gary and Walter are die-hard Muppet fans.”

“Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit,” Bobin told the magazine. “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,” Segel explained. “His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him.”

EW adds that when Gary and Walter learn that the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down, they set out to save it by reuniting Kermit, Piggy, and the entire troupe to stage an old-fashioned extravaganza.