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Ray Liotta Joins The Muppets 2
First The Muppets In Space, now this...

23 January 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Variety

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The sequel to 2011's The Muppets is about to start shooting in London this month, with everyone's favourite felt folk on a European adventure with that Ricky Gervais chap people seem so fond of. Joining them - at least for a little while - will be Ray Liotta, in an as-yet undisclosed role.

The cast list so far includes 30 Rock's Tina Fey, who'll be playing a Russian gulag guard - set Russian accent to silly! - and Modern Family's Ty Burrell, whose role has be described as that of a "lazy Interpol inspector". 

What Ray Liotta's role will be is anyone's guess. Considering this is a caper around Europe, perhaps an Italian mobster might be on the cards? What he'll actually get up to remains to be seen, but here's hoping the director of the original, James Bobin, can pull off the same trick with a script he co-wrote with Nicolas Stoller. What's more, they'll have to be careful to avoid treading the turf of the similar-sounding Madagascar 3 - though the Dreamworks threequel was unquestionably a huge amount of fun. 

Interestingly, Ray Liotta is one of the very few people who can say they've appeared in two Muppets movies, after previously mucking about with Kermit and co. for 1999's Muppets In Space. You can also look forward to seeing more of Mr. Liotta in the upcoming Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

The Muppets 2 is aiming for a March 21, 2014 release date.

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*ahem* Muppets from Space. More

Posted by ahaig at 13:37 on 24 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Make Mine Muppets
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a Muppet. Hey, you got a phone? Two Muppets just stole my truck. You believe that shit, huh? You fuckin' believe that? If you're part of the Muppets, nobody ever tells you that they're going to kill you, doesn't happen that way. There weren't any arguments or curses like in the movies. See, The Muppets come with smiles, they come as your friends, the people who've cared for you all of your life. And they always seem to come at a time tha More

Posted by The Waco Kid at 12:51 on 24 January 2013 | Report This Post

Make Mine Muppets
The newest film was a love letter to the muppets, to remind you what you loved about them to begin with, and to reintroduce them. A sequel will be tricky, but they're so adaptable you could make anything work. I'd like to see a movie-within a movie-with the muppets trying to gain on their new found popularity. Cue eccentric director, Slapstick boom pole gags and Miss Piggy seducing someone to try and get a bigger budget. More

Posted by makeminemedia at 13:54 on 23 January 2013 | Report This Post

It should so be Ty Burrell playing the lead. Last time I complain about it, I promise. More

Posted by Whistler at 11:12 on 23 January 2013 | Report This Post

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