So cameras started rolling on The Muppets sequel, creatively titled The Muppets… Again!, and to note the occassion, the production has released two promotional pictures – one of the Muppet cast on a London train platform and one of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy with human co-star Rick Gervais.
Additionally, the folks at Entertainment Weekly had a short sit-down with Kermit and he spilled the beans a bit about the follow-up’s storyline –
The idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we’re selling out these grand theaters all over Europe—in Berlin, Madrid, London—but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my doppleganger. He’s the world’s number one criminal, Constantine, and he happens to look an awful lot like me. I won’t tell you any more than that, but let’s just say mayhem ensues.
We talked about putting me in makeup and having me play both roles, but we decided Constantine needed to be a guy who could do a Russian accent. And, you know, I’m a pretty accomplished actor and all, but besides the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films, I’ve only really ever played myself. The great thing is, I have like 3,000 relatives back in the swamp, so it was quite easy to find a frog who could play Constantine.
The film will also star Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, who’s playing a French Interpol agent, and Tina Fey as a Russian prison guard named Nadya. It is set for a March 21, 2014 release.