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Casting double feature: Christoph Waltz in The Muppets 2, Harrison Ford and Zac Efron in thriller You Belong to Me

Nov. 1, 2012by:

First up, Christoph Waltz has signed on to join The Muppets as they reprise their successful return to the big screen with a sequel to 2011's THE MUPPETS.  The first movie was loads of fun, and you could see the passion and love of Jason Segal for the property veritably bursting out of every puppet seam and film frame.  A sequel is now on the way, though without Segal's writing involvement or his character of Gary.  "We kind of felt like we completed Gary's story in the first one," said co-writer Nicholas Stoller, "and he's mostly interested in writing stuff for him to be in, which makes sense, right? He didn't want to go on and write the next one. I was like, 'Do you care if I do it with James [Bobin, director]?' He's like, 'Of course not.'"

Waltz will, in a curious turn that only further throws wide open the doors of possible sequel direction, be playing an Interpol agent in the sequel.  Word is that Disney hopes to release the movie sometime in 2013.

Christoph Waltz and The Muppets

On the other side of the spectrum we have the strange and thrilling psychological thriller YOU BELONG TO ME to look forward to - Harrison Ford and Zac Efron on the verge of signing on to the story of "a psychiatrist struggling with the recent suicide of a patient.  He bonds with the patient’s brother (Efron), but learns to regret that bond when the young man begins seducing the psychiatrist’s wife and daughter."  The project will be produced by Matt Damon and directed by Rob Reiner (THE PRINCESS BRIDE), who hasn't attempted something in this tone or style since his 1990 Stephen King adaptation MISERY.  While I'm hardly enthused by the presence of Efron I'll nonetheless be fascinated to see Ford work with this sort of story, as he seems to be going through something of a career renaissance of late and the material is so darkly different from the majority of what he has worked on over the years. 

YOU BELONG TO ME is currently penciled in for a March 2013 start.

Harrison Ford and Za Efron

Extra Tidbit: While I of course loved Ford as Indy and Han Solo, it was actually his turn in THE FUGITIVE that really sold me on him as a great actor.
Source: VarietyThe Wrap

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11:38AM on 11/01/2012

Harrison Ford is such a piece of shit these days.

Sorry to be frank, but it's true. Dude just does anything for the money. When was his last good film? As for Muppets 2 - kinda disappointed Segel isn't involved. Doesn't seem promising, given the first film's success pretty much rested on his shoulders. But Stoller is good, so we'll see.
Sorry to be frank, but it's true. Dude just does anything for the money. When was his last good film? As for Muppets 2 - kinda disappointed Segel isn't involved. Doesn't seem promising, given the first film's success pretty much rested on his shoulders. But Stoller is good, so we'll see.
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8:11PM on 11/01/2012
I would say, a film about a psychiatrist reeling from the death of a patient, who slowly realizes that someone he thought was his friend is actually banging his wife and daughter, does not exactly scream, "cash grab!" Sounds like pretty challenging material to me.
I would say, a film about a psychiatrist reeling from the death of a patient, who slowly realizes that someone he thought was his friend is actually banging his wife and daughter, does not exactly scream, "cash grab!" Sounds like pretty challenging material to me.
11:29AM on 11/01/2012
I just don't want them to call it The Muppets 2. That would be so lame. And i think its great Jason Segel isn't going to be in the next one. The great thing about the muppet movies is the people always change but its always the same muppets. And i like Muppets in Space.
I just don't want them to call it The Muppets 2. That would be so lame. And i think its great Jason Segel isn't going to be in the next one. The great thing about the muppet movies is the people always change but its always the same muppets. And i like Muppets in Space.
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10:34AM on 11/01/2012

You Belong to Me

Sounds like the perfect kind of role for Ford. I'm guessing his wife will be much younger though, unless we're going to be treated to scenes of Efron seducing someone's granny. Actually, I suppose that could work too if it was an actress like Helen Mirren.
Sounds like the perfect kind of role for Ford. I'm guessing his wife will be much younger though, unless we're going to be treated to scenes of Efron seducing someone's granny. Actually, I suppose that could work too if it was an actress like Helen Mirren.
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10:09AM on 11/01/2012

Sounds like they are going back to what ruined the muppets...

Sounds already to be too much like Muppets in Space. But if Waltz asks for a glass of milk, I will cream my jeans.
Sounds already to be too much like Muppets in Space. But if Waltz asks for a glass of milk, I will cream my jeans.
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10:29AM on 11/01/2012
I hated Muppet's from Space. It was by far the worst Muppet movie ever made. However, I don't understand how this sounds like Muppets from Space. Do you know something that I don't know??
I hated Muppet's from Space. It was by far the worst Muppet movie ever made. However, I don't understand how this sounds like Muppets from Space. Do you know something that I don't know??
9:43AM on 11/01/2012

Muppets!

I at least hope Jason Segal makes a cameo in the new movie.

And i still think Walter shouldve gotten a Golden Schmo nomination for best break through performance.
I at least hope Jason Segal makes a cameo in the new movie.

And i still think Walter shouldve gotten a Golden Schmo nomination for best break through performance.
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