Kermit the frog has given an interview to Entertainment Weekly about the Muppets’ now-filming new movie. First of all, there’s confirmation that the film is going to be called The Muppets… Again. Those elipses are all important.
Then there’s a picture.
The plot of the film is going to see The Muppets taking their smash hit show out for a world tour. On the road, they’ll hook up with a sneaky criminal mastermind called Constantine who is played by… well, somehow they found just the right actor.
I’ll let Kermit explain:
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.
I think Kermit tried to hint at an element of the plotline during this interview I did with him last year. The bit about playing the London stage.
So how do I get in the audience for when they’re filming some of the theatre stuff, I wonder?
We also now know that Ricky Gervais is playing Constantine’s sidekick, and Gervais has confirmed that there’s singing and dancing to be done.
As previously reported, Tina Fey will play a guard from a Russian gulag, now revealed to be called Nadia, and Ty Burrell is an interpol agent, now revealed to be French.
Indeed, some scenes are going to be set in France, though Kermit won’t be going there in person:
It’s best if I don’t go there. It’s a frog thing.
You really want to read the whole interview.