This is more of a confirmation than a breaking story, but I still think it is relevant: Jason Segel, star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and TV’s “How I Met Your Mother,” has been signed to play the lead human role in an upcoming Muppet film.
Segel co-wrote the film, called The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time, with Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller, and the project is set to be directed by James Bobin. While it’s long been assumed that the multi-talented actor would star in the project, we didn’t have official confirmation until The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog received word.
Anyone who has seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall knows how passionate Segel is about this project: he basically used the final scene of that film (involving an elaborate Muppet vampire musical) to begin his campaign to make another Muppet film. Various versions of the script have been leaked around the web, so we won’t speculate about the plot of this film – Heat Vision says the plot is being kept “under wraps.”
There have also been rumors of high-profile cameos, including George Clooney, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Chris Rock, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Mel Brooks, Matt Damon, Norah Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ben Stiller. I’m not even a die-hard Muppet fan and I’m excited about this project. Segel’s passion for the project indicates a level of respect and care we rarely hear about in the industry these days, so I’m interested to see the final result.
What do you think? Are you excited about The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time? More importantly, is the title misleading? How can they expect to top The Great Muppet Caper?