Will Lady Gaga reunite with Kermit the Frog after their red-carpet dalliance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards? Will Michael Cera kick it with some felt friends? Will the creative minds behind “The Muppets” give in to the 3-D craze and deliver the first franchise film since 1999 in three dimensions?
These are just a few of the questions surrounding Jason Segel’s resurrection of the Muppets in a flick set to hit theaters next November. And while promoting “Gulliver’s Travels” recently, Segel touched on all these Muppet topics and more.
“We are hoping to get Lady Gaga, but we hadn’t heard anything yet,” Segel told MTV News of the much talked-about cameo. “I literally don’t know.”
We’ll file this bit of casting gossip under “wait and see.” On to the question of Cera. Earlier reports suggested Paul Rudd was being recruited for a cameo, but the actor told us a few weeks ago that it wasn’t going to happen. Cera had been rumored to be up for the same part, and Segel issued something of a non-denial denial about the rumor, going on to explain that the role in question concerns a new Muppet named Walter.
“That part was never to play Walter,” Segel said. “The puppeteer who’s playing Walter is called Peter Linz, who’s an absolute genius, amazing puppeteer, brilliant actor and a great singer. There was a bit where Walter imagines himself as a human. All the puppeteers play their characters. There are no celebrity voices of the puppets.”
Again, we’ll wait and see on Cera. One thing we most certainly won’t be seeing in “Muppets” is 3-D. Segel, who stars in the film and wrote the script along with Nicholas Stoller (“Get Him to the Greek”), envisions the movie as a throwback to previous series installments like “The Great Muppet Caper.”
“No, I don’t think so,” he said of the 3-D question. “Maybe you’ll play this back in a year and see I was wrong. My goal is make it like the 1970s, early ’80s Muppet movies, so I don’t want there to be any 3-D, personally.”
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