Ricky Gervais and Emily Blunt join The Muppets

The star-studded line up of the latest Muppet movie, The Muppets, just keeps growing, as Ricky Gervais and Emily Blunt are added to the bill.

It might not be due to reach cinemas until Christmas 2011, but with the cast confirmations continuing to roll it, how could we not start to get excited about the new Muppet film?

Back in March it was announced that I Love you, Man‘s Jason Segel had signed on to play the human lead, having co-written the script with Nicholas Stoller, who previously worked with Segel on Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Segel will play Gary, who joins his friend, a Muppet named Walter, in an attempt to reunite the old Muppet gang. If they succeed, they will be able to stop an evil oil tycoon from drilling underneath the TV studio where the original Muppet show was filmed.

In October it was announced that Leap Year‘s Amy Adams had been cast in the role of Gary’s girlfriend, with Rashida Jones and Chris Cooper joining them as a network executive and the lead antagonist, respectively.

Further details which have since been released confirm that Jack Black will appear as a kidnap victim, Alan Arkin will play a tour guide and Zach Galifianakis is taking on the role of hobo Joe.

Michael Cera, who we last saw in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is reportedly being considered for the voice of Walter, whilst Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kristen Schaal have also been confirmed to appear.

Other ‘slebs rumoured to be making an appearance include Sean Penn, Donald Glover and even Lady Gaga! Of course, we’re still looking forward to seeing the likes of Kermit and Miss Piggy make their return to the big screen, too.

No clues yet as to what roles might be played by Blunt and Gervais, but we’ll certainly keep you posted!

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