By Jim Hagerty
As Jason Segel stays busy writing the upcoming film The Muppets, the cast of pop cameos continues to grow. Reps for the fall 2011 film announced last week that David Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame will play the replacement drummer for the crazed orange menace, Animal, who is away attending anger management classes.
While Grohl is busy working on a new Foo Fighters album, he has been clearing his plate for the James Bobin-directed adaptation starring Jim Henson’s furry characters.
Segel has also been trying to nab Lady Gaga for a role, who, film execs said, would complete a roster of A-listers who are anything but strangers to voice-over work and what many have come to know as puppet theater.
Billy Crystal, Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Ricky Gervais will all have roles as muppets.
Lady Gaga, a known Kermit the Frog fan, is in the middle of her Monster Ball tour, begging the question how the singer will find a break in her touch-myself schedule to do a G-rated project. Regardless, Grohl and Jack Black are in, in what is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films of 2011.
Expect at least a few hundred thousand moviegoers to buy tickets to The Muppets just to gargle the rancidity of 2010’s Yogi Bear from their mouths. Starring Dan Akroyd (Yogi Bear) and Justin Timberlake (Boo Boo), the film opened Friday, Dec. 17, and grossed $16 million. How to meet the project’s $80 million budget is now the talk at Warner Bros., which announced Monday, Dec. 20, that Yogi and gang should hold strong over the holiday season.
The Muppets is scheduled for a Nov. 23, 2011, release.
From the Dec. 22-28, 2010 issue