Forget recruiting a respected filmmaker like David Fincher or Steven Spielberg - if you really want A-listers to flock to your production, tell them it features a bunch of maniacal sock puppets and is titled The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made.
Emily Blunt and Ricky Gervais are the latest additions to the cast of the upcoming Muppet Movie, which is currently shooting in and around Los Angeles and (as evidenced by a handful of new set photos) will feature Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of Jim Henson's classic creations.
Lots of celebrities will cameo in Jason Segel's Muppet venture, which he co-scripted and is starring in as well. The premise behind the film is simple (the Muppets reunite to save their old production studio), but the plot is foremost a vehicle to showcase the characters' breed of silly jokes and irreverent sense of humor. It's also an excuse for Hollywood types to take a break from playing serious roles or interacting with green screens and instead goof-off with the likes of Gonzo or Animal for a scene or two.
Besides Blunt and Gervais (whose involvement was confirmed by Heat Vision), the new Muppet Movie will also feature cameos from Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis, Donald Glover, Ed Helms, John Krasinski, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and apparently even Lady Gaga (appropriate enough, really).
Main cast members include Segel as a devoted Muppet fan, Amy Adams as Segel's girlfriend, Chris Cooper as an evil oil mogul, and Rashida Jones, who'll take a break from the awkward comedy style of Parks and Recreation and play an ABC executive opposite nutty, googly-eyed types (insert Amy Poehler joke here).
A handful of photos from the Muppet Movie set have made their way online and while they fail to offer much insight into the undeniably complex mechanics of how the Muppets create cinematic artistry ;-), there is something amusing about seeing the likes of Gonzo and Beaker being carted around (talk about prima donnas, insisting on being carried everywhere...).
Check out the Muppet Movie set photos in the gallery below:
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The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made hits theaters in the U.S. on December 25th, 2011.