Huge casting updates from The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made today. Nine new names are being added to the roster of talent that comprises what may be the greatest ensemble ever formed.
Take a deep breath because we now have the following reported to be in the highly anticipated film: Jack Black, Donald Glover (Community), Jane Lynch (Glee), Danny Trejo (Machete), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), John Krasinski (The Office), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Lady Gaga, and (drumroll, please) Paul Rudd (Dinner for Schmucks). Hit the jump to see what their roles will be.
This is a lot to take in at once so let’s take it slow. Production Weekly has identified Black, Rudd, and Glover as new cast members with no roles attributed as of yet. Lady Gaga will be playing herself, accompanied by none other than an entourage consisting of Helms, Krasinski, and recent Emmy-winner Stonestreet. Up next is Lynch, who according to TheWrap is set to play a prison guard, with Trejo as her prisoner. Also, confirming earlier reports of his involvement, Zach Galifianakis (Due Date) will play a new character called Hobo Jo.
I can barely comprehend how incredible this news is. I have already explained why I think this movie will be amazing, but at this point it shouldn’t need any explaining. I Love You Man co-stars Rudd and Segel reuniting is great news right there. But add that to The Office stars Helms and Krasinski together, along with TV’s finest talent in Stonestreet and Glover, along with the man who sits Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis… Okay, my head is spinning. Segel and friends, you sure can put a cast together.
James Bobin will direct from a script by Segel and Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek). The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made hits theaters December 25, 2011.