The Muppets…Again!

Glengarry Glen Ross

What is Casting Couch? Quite simply, it’s a casting news round-up that takes its name from the place where young actors trade their dignity for a shot at fame. Today we learn who had to service Miss Piggy to get a role in her new film. When everyone thinks of James Foley’s 1992 film adaptation of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, they think of a bunch of competitive men trying to tear each other’s throats out to get ahead, they think of Alec Baldwin’s testosterone-filled motivational speeches about how coffee is for closers, and generally they think about a bunch of macho posturing and heartless ambition. So Jason Reitman’s latest live reading of a Hollywood script should be fun, because it re-imagines Glengarry by giving it an all-female cast. Who’s he got? According to Inside Movies, his cast will consist of Robin Wright playing the Al Pacino role, Catherine O’Hara the Jack Lemmon one, Maria Bello the Ed Harris one, Allison Janney the Alan Arkin one, and Mae Whitman the Kevin Spacey one. A replacement for Baldwin has yet to be announced, but I think we can all agree that the dream casting would be Beyoncé. The reading takes place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on February 21.


Miss Piggy Wedding

Kermit and Miss Piggy famously got married in Muppets Take Manhattan (sing-along here), and according to /film, at least one of them will be walking down the aisle in The Muppets…Again. At this point, it’s pretty clear that the individual movies don’t bow down to any sort of consistent canon, although the Jason Segal-starring adventure that brought them back to movie life saw Kermit and Miss Piggy dealing with some relationship strife so the progression here makes modern sense. Maybe the joy they found will continue into the sequel, or maybe she’ll have found a new beau by then. You know, a suitor. Hopefully he’ll be bona fide. Word comes from production designer Eve Stewart (who’s been nominated for three Oscars, including this year for Les Miserables) that she’s crafting the ceremony to take place at the Tower of London. This sounds like a bit of fun, but I hope Disney is listening when I say this: I will pay good money if Ricky Gervais is the one officiating. Clerical collar and all.

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