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(L-R) Jason Segel, Walter

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New Muppet Walter Will Be ‘Heavily Involved’ in the Sequel

Jason Segel's character Gary won't return for the sequel to The Muppets, but what of Walter, the new Muppet that Segel and co-writer Nicholas Stoller invented for the movie? "Walter is coming back," Stoller reassured us last night at the premiere of his new movie The Five-Year Engagement. "Come on, you saw the first one, right? The arc of the story was, 'Am I a man or a Muppet?' Gary chose 'I am a man.' So if you were making something called The Mannets, Gary would be in that. Walter chose to be a Muppet. He realized he's a Muppet." But will Walter be shuffled into the Muppets' deep bench, or will he be a plot driver in the sequel? "He is not making a cameo," said Stoller. "He is heavily involved in the story." Still, Muppet purists shouldn't fret about the focus: "It's in the early stages, so everything could change, but right now it's a Kermit-centric story, as a lot of the original movies were." Hi ho!

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