The idea of Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds standout Christoph Waltz in a Muppets movie was so unusual that minute we heard it was a possibility, we immediately wanted it to happen. Normally, the Muppets lure comedians – or actors with a lighter touch – for their cameo roles. John Krasinski, Steve Martin, Rashida Jones, Bette Midler … these are the names we expect to see in scenes with Kermit and Miss Piggy.
Then, Waltz dropped out of the still-developing Muppets sequel, and was replaced by Modern Family star Ty Burell. That makes sense. Skilled in uncomfortable pauses and delusional comedic glances, Burrell is going to play an Interpol investigator. However, Waltz has now said we shouldn’t count him out of the sequel altogether.
While doing Django press, the actor told Collider that he might still be doing a cameo for the film, and his scene could have him dancing with Miss Piggy. The Muppets answer is at the end of the clip. Click the link above to give it a listen.
It was Waltz’s busy schedule that reportedly was going to keep him out of filming the larger role in the planned sequel, but if director James Bobin can find some room for him, we’re willing to take what little bit we can get. Waltz is such a no-nonsense guy, we’d love to see him let his hair down, so to speak, for a silly dance number with Piggy. We’ll see if it makes it into the finished cut. Bobin and Nicholas Stoller are hammering out a screenplay, while Ricky Gervais has been tapped for the movie’s lead. The sequel is taking shape. We’ll see if Waltz is involved or not as time goes on.
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