The Muppets came back in a big way with 2011’s modestly-titled The Muppets, which was a surprising success despite the objections of some Muppet purists. Now director James Bobin is returning for a follow-up with Muppets Most Wanted, a film that is not narrated by John Walsh, but totally should be. We saw a teaser trailer for the film back in August, but it was a little bit vague, as teasers are wont to be. This time we’ve got the real thing: a full-fledged trailer with ample footage from the movie.
From the trailer, we learn that Kermit is undergoing an identity crisis of sorts as he unwittingly switches places with another frog puppet who looks curiously like him and is obviously up to no good because he has a sinister foreign accent. Ricky Gervais shows up as Dominic Badguy, who… OK, ha ha, we get it. We also catch glimpses of Tina Fey and Salma Hayek. And then they show what must be just about every other cameo from a well-known actor in the movie, just to drive the point home that there are cameos from well-known actors in the movie. You know, for the adults.
Although Muppets Most Wanted will have the same director as its predecessor and will again feature music by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie (who won an Academy award for his work last time around), Jason Segal and Amy Adams will not be reprising their roles from that film. In place of their love story and the origins of that one Muppet you can’t remember the name of, we get action, intrigue, and apparently Russians being the bad guys again. Thanks to Vladimir Putin for making that possible.
Muppets Most Wanted is scheduled to hit theatres March 21, 2014. Until then, satiate your Muppet-lust by watching the trailer below.