Ray Liotta Joins ‘The Muppets 2′; Official Title Rumors

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 2:04 pm,

ray liotta muppets sequel Ray Liotta Joins The Muppets 2; Official Title Rumors

Disney’s The Muppets flourished thanks to nostalgic adults and young people who grew up loving Jim Henson’s characters, so hopefully everyone remains enamored with the next installment. The cast includes human additions Tina Fey, Ty Burell and Ricky Gervais joining our felt heroes on a somewhat-familiar European caper adventure, with James Bobin once again directing and Bret McKenzie crafting new showtunes.

Ray Liotta is now coming aboard, just ahead of production beginning this month. In addition, rumors continue to circulate about what the official title for the Muppets sequel might be (hint: it’s jokey and self-aware, in fitting Muppet style).

Variety is confirming that Liotta has been cast in the new Muppets movie, not long after he was announced for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For later this year (director Robert Rodriguez has since revealed that Liotta’s already completed his Sin City 2 role). The actor is well-known for his tough guy screen persona; appropriately, one of the previous occasions in which he played against type was in Muppets from Space, where Liotta cameoed as a hoodwinked security guard. His role in the latest Muppets movie is currently under-wraps.

As for the other non-puppet stars:

  • Gervais is playing the male lead “whose intentions are always in question.”
  • Fey’s appearing as a Russian gulag prison guard.
  • Burrell will show up as “a lazy Interpol inspector,” the role that Christoph Waltz was originally circling.

On that note: Waltz teased Collider last month about him possibility cameoing in Muppets 2, during a song-and-dance number with Miss Piggy (a la “The First Time It Happens” in The Great Muppet Caper). We’ll keep our fingers crossed for that to actually happen.

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Last, but not least, when Disney confirmed the Muppets sequel for an early 2014 release date, the write-up from /Film mentioned the strongly-rumored title is The Muppets… Again. Obviously, most people aren’t too concerned about what the movie’s called – so long as “Muppets” is in there somewhere – but, as mentioned before, that would be an appropriately meta comedy nod to its sequel status (and, in a way, the noticeable similarities to Great Muppet Caper).

Will you be checking out The Muppets 2 (or whatever it’s called), when it opens in theaters on March 21st, 2014? Rest assured, we’ll be in line.

Source: Variety, Collider, /Film

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  1. I will be there to see it especially since its 10 days before I turn 22. and since I grew up with it Im excited

  2. Grew up with The Jim Henson Workshop’s many wonderful shows and movies (everything from Sesame Street and The Muppets to The Dark Crystal and Fraggle Rock) so this should be fun.

    I guess I have to watch the first one though, haven’t had chance yet.

    • Loved the first one, segal put a lot of love and fandum in it.

  3. I had such intense Muppet fever for the first film. I really enjoyed. Then, we bought the DVD for my daughter. You listen to those songs 800 billion times and see if you go insane….still, I’m excited for the sequel. Muppets Yayyyyyy! (in my best Kermit the Frog voice).

  4. If The Muppets ever do a pastiche/homage movie again it would be cool to see a Muppets horror film, sort of Abbot and Costello meet the Mummy but with more song and dance numbers.. Maybe for the threequel, eh Hollywood?

  5. You’d have to be nuts to turn down a role in a Muppets movie, thats a huge honor