"I loved the last movie they did," she told The Times, when asked what made her want to be part of the latest film. "I thought it was a great reboot of the traditional Muppets movies, they really captured the spirit."
"Muppets Most Wanted" picks up right where the 2011 film left off with the Muppets heading on a European tour. As the Muppets travel overseas, they find themselves involved in an international crime caper headed by the evil Kermit the Frog doppelganger Constantine and his sidekick, the scheming tour manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais).
Director James Bobin noted the unusual chronological approach in the sequel. "It literally starts seconds after the last one," he said. "It's a what-happens-next kind of movie -- I thought why not have the Muppets ask themselves that kind of question."
As for the characters in the real world, well, they know how to make an entrance: Fashionably late and with a star-studded entourage.
At the premiere of "Muppets Most Wanted" in Hollywood last week, the A-list puppets rolled up in black cars at 5:15 p.m., while Sweetums led the Muppets crew by foot, stomping around the red carpet as the cars trailed closely behind him.
"Hellooooo Muppet fans," Kermit yelled from the car as Miss Piggy, sitting beside him, blew kisses.
Constantine, meanwhile, peeped out of the back window of the car without waving or speaking to reporters.
Rowlf drove the second car – with Fozzie Bear riding shotgun and Gonzo, Scooter, Animal and Walter (star of the 2011 "The Muppets") hanging out of the car's moon roof.
The new film also stars
In addition to the casting, the film could approach the universe of the
“In the 2011 film there was a lot of ground we had to cover,” said producer
Bret McKenzie, songwriter and music supervisor for the 2011 and 2014 Muppets films, said this film also adopted a different tone.
“I think it’s always going to be compared to the last one but I think by making it a caper it’s a different kind of film,” McKenzie, also known for "
Of course, as with all "Muppets" films, there are plenty of cameos, including ones by