Hand puppets are making quite the comeback these days. A few weeks ago I reported on the dark puppet film Happytime Murders that will be directed by Brian Henson, son of the legendary Jim Henson. But the one that is really grabbing headlines lately is the passion project of Jason Segel: the tentatively-titled The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. With a name like that, it’s hard not to get excited. Co-writer Nicholas Stoller (Get Him To The Greek) mentioned in May that he had written in a ton of cameos, and Zach Galifianakis appears to be the latest in a long line of stars that are eager to get into the film. With shooting set to begin this November in L.A., expect to hear more about the film’s potential cameos in the coming weeks. Hit the jump for full details about Galifianakis, the rest of the casting rumors, and a synopsis.
The latest news about the Muppet movie comes from EW and has Galifianakis in talks to appear in the film, which will be directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords). We reported earlier this month that Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and Rashida Jones were all in talks to appear in the film. In order to be clear on who is rumored to play what role, it’s best to check out the handy synopsis below:
“The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made 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, 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.”
Adams is reported to play Mary, the girlfriend of Gary (Jason Segel), while Cooper is being pegged for the villain Tex Richman. Jones is in talks to play an ABC executive that will likely host the Muppets program. The role of Galifianakis is completely up in the air, but I’m sure that will clear up if/when he signs on. The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made is set to hit theaters December 25th, 2011. To give you a small taste of what you might see, check out OK Go’s staring contest with Animal, which Galifianakis appears in. Let us know in the comments what you think of the casting so far.