They've really been pulling out all the stops on this upcoming Muppet movie. There are multiple rumors involving celebrity cameos, including Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Paul Rudd, Danny Trejo, Jane Lynch, Jack Black, Lady Gaga, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dave Grohl and about a million other people.
And now word just came through that Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie did some work on the film as music coordinator and even wrote songs for the film…
A few weeks back, EW premiered an alternative version of their first look at the film, seen above, which featured Segel & Stoller among the felt-lined cast, along with director James Bobin and, curiously, “Flight of the Conchords” star Bret McKenzie… [Bret's] presence in the picture suggests it would be as more than just a cameo.
And indeed, New Zealand site Stuff confirmed with McKenzie that the comedian… is acting as music supervisor on “The Muppet Movie,” and has written several songs for the film. McKenzie tells the site, “It was really unexpected. We were in the studio recording Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. It was a very surreal experience.”
The director James Bobin co-created and directed Flight of the Conchords for HBO (before that, he also directed the HBO version of Da Ali G Show) so this news makes complete sense. It seemed odd a few months back when Bret McKenzie popped up in that Entertainment Weekly spread for the Muppets without much further explanation, but I guess this cements his role in the film.
In other major film franchise/Flight of the Conchords news, as we've already reported, Jemaine Clement will play a villian in Men In Black III.