In their newest cinematic adventure, "Muppets Most
"He's a Kermit doppelganger," said producer Todd Lieberman.
A lively mix of sight gags, puns, celebrity cameos and gleeful fourth-wall breaking helped the Muppets become comedy legends, and "Most Wanted" preserves that formula, this time grafting a case of mistaken identity onto crime caper convention.
Aside from a vaguely Eastern European accent and a black facial mole, the villainous Constantine is virtually indistinguishable from Kermit, which means that once he breaks out of a Russian prison and switches places with the good-natured frog, the troupe finds itself with the wrong amphibian in charge.
Together with his partner Dominic Badguy — that's pronounced "Bad G," it's French — Constantine begins pulling heists as the group travels around the world, drawing the attention of
In addition to the "Modern Family" star, the film features Ricky Gervais as Badguy and
A host of other actors — including
"The Muppets are so beloved, especially by comedians, it doesn't usually take a lot of convincing," Lieberman said.
"Most Wanted" arrives as a follow-up to "The Muppets," which returned the foam and felt superstars to theaters for the first time in more than a decade. Written by Nicholas Stoller and star
Bobin and Stoller wrote the script for the sequel with an eye toward maintaining Muppet tradition while simultaneously expanding the scope of the story.
"The first movie was really about introducing the Muppets to an age group who weren't really as familiar with them," said Lieberman, who produced "Muppets" and the new film with partner