‘The Muppets 2’ Recruits Ricky Gervais; Jackie Chan Considers ‘Expendables 3’

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The word around Sesame Street these days is that those other wool-skinned cuties, The Muppets, have found a leading man for their highly anticipated sequel. It looks like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fonzie and the gang will be teaming up with comedian Ricky Gervais for their next adventure. While it might seem to be an odd choice at first, the typically cynical curmudgeon is perhaps the perfect person to be transformed by the Muppets’ infectious charm. Recent news also saw Modern Family’s Ty Burrell cast in the role of an Interpol inspector, hinting that the film might have an international arc. [The Hollywood Reporter]

From puppets to something more expendable, famous martial artist and all-around likable guy Jackie Chan is rumored to be joining the cast of The Expendables 3.

Originally scheduled to appear in the second film in Sylvester Stallone’s star-studded action franchise, Chan bowed out due to scheduling conflicts. When it came time to start planning a third chaster – which has since announced Nicolas Cage as the presumptive villain – Chan agreed to return on the condition that there be a “buddy” element to the high-octane actioner. We suppose that Chan will never quite outlive his Rush Hour days. [Cinema.com]

In the latest example of Hollywood remaking properties that audiences are too damn young to remember in the first place, Vin Diesel will take up the mantel of Kojack, the tough-as-nails detective originally portrayed by the classically bald Telly Savalas. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, best known for scripting a number of James Bond adventures, have come on board as writers, while Diesel will transition to the thriller after wrapping his work on the next two Fast and Furious films. With any luck, modern audiences will love it, baby…and if you get that reference, you’re much too old to be reading this site. [Deadline]

Lastly, Django himself, Mr. Jamie Foxx, was recently announced as the villain Electro in the next Spider-Man film. One of the series’ most underwhelming rogues, Electro seems to be getting something of a narrative face-lift this time around. In the comics, Electro is given his super-charged abilities after a random encounter with a downed power line. In the film, however, Foxx reveals that Electro’s powers are the result of an encounter with the titular superhero after his under-appreciated alter-ego, Max Dillion, fancies himself to be Spider-Man’s side-kick. [Badass Digest]

Watch the trailer for Django Unchained, which opens in theaters nationwide December 25.

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