Writer Nicholas Stoller confirmed in May the early rumors that the The Greatest Muppet Ever Made had room for plenty of cameos in the script from celebrities of note. We’re starting to see the fruit of those seeds, with Amy Adams among the first names tossed about as a candidate. Heat Vision confirms that Adams is in negotiations to play star Jason Segel’s girlfriend,who helps him reunite the Muppets to put on a show in order to save a movie studio. Chris Cooper is in talks to play the villain in the film, a man who somehow never found the Muppets funny and wants to buy the studio to tap the oil underneath. Rashida Jones is likewise talking to Disney about playing an ABC executive. Hit the jump for further details on the film.
It sounds like Adams’ role could be much more than a cameo, which would make my heart sing (if my heart did such things). In fact Adams, Cooper, and Jones are all terrific choices.
The film stars Jason Segel, who also co-wrote the script with Stoller. James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) will direct and Pixar was consulted during development. The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made hits theaters December 25, 2011. Here’s an early synopsis of the script:
The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time is about Gary, Mary, and Walter (a man, his girlfriend, and the man’s life-long nondescript, brown puppet best friend) getting the old Muppet gang – now retired entertainers known for the same Muppet show we know them from – together to save the TV studio that the original show was shot in. A villain, Tex Richman (nice name, on par with Doc Hopper), bent on drilling for oil underneath the studio, is due to take over the studio in weeks, and the only way to stop him? Putting on a show that draws ten million viewers.