UPDATE: It's official - Ricky Gervais will take the lead role in the upcoming Muppets sequel, his first since 2009's Invention Of Lying. Tweeting the news, Gervais has said: "I have the biggest trailer but Kermit will spend some time in my sink."
Ricky Gervais is in talks to join The Muppets follow-up according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedian will take the Jason Segel role as the main human lead at the heart of the Muppety action. Singing, capering and the kind of improv Gervais excels at? No doubt, although we're not sure Miss Piggy will take kindly to any showboating.
No word on what Gervais's role would be, but Burrell will play an Interpol 'tec in the movie, which will see Kermit and gang heading to Europe and dealing with both the law and a mysterious Russian beauty. Luckily, Kermie has a very particular set of skills...
The so-far untitled Muppets sequel sees James Bobin return to direct. Bobin also takes over co-writer duties from Segel alongside The Muppets' vet Nicholas Stoller. The whole shebang kicks off at Pinewood in coming months so expect one or two more casting notices — that Russian femme fatale amongst them — before then.
I find him funny sometimes. But he's not a good fit for The Muppets. His brand of comedy is for children, and unlike Jason Segel, he'll be able to adapt to child-friendly fareuote]
Flanimals. That is all I'm still looking forward to this as much as I was before I read this news. It probably helps that I'm still a fan of Gervais I'd imagine n't the first person I'd think of to star in a Muppet film but then again neither was Michael Caine and that worked out alright. More