Entertainment Weekly has a small preview of the new Muppets movie, which was written by and stars Jason Segel (Nicholas Stoller pitched in on writing duties as well), directed by James Bobin, and also stars Amy Adams and Chris Cooper. Not much is known about the new movie that will be released on Christmas Day, 2011.
The article mentions that the new Muppet in the film will be Walter, who you can see holding the smartphone below. He’s described as “a sweet, slightly naive twenty-something Everypuppet who, in the movie, is the best friend and roommate of Segel’s character, Gary. Both Gary and Walter are die-hard Muppet fans.”
“Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit,” Bobin told the magazine. “Walter has a little bit of a self-confidence issue because he’s the only person like him that he’s seen aside from the Muppets,” Segel explained. “His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him.”
EW says that when Gary and Walter learn that the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down, they set out to save it by reuniting Kermit, Piggy, and the entire troupe to stage an old-fashioned extravaganza.
It feels like Segel and Co. really get the spirit of the Muppets, however, it’s going to be difficult to top the recent slew of Muppets shorts being posted to YouTube. As long as The Swedish Chef, Beaker, Animal, The Balcony Guys and Rizzo have something to do with the new movie, I’ll be satisfied.