Anne Hathaway heads back to "Sesame Street" for a musical. (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Anne Hathaway is getting ready to sing and dance with The Muppets.
The Oscar-winning “Les Miserables” actress is set to star in “The Sesame Street Movie,” a musical featuring the famed children’s show characters directed by “Portlandia” co-creator Jonathan Krisel.
“I’ll play a Muppet-y human living among Muppets, so this is not a stretch for me,” says Hathaway.
While she’s going for laughs in the cynical con comedy “The Hustle” with Rebel Wilson (in theaters Friday),the “Sesame Street” project will be all about open hearts.
“They are the most adorable, heart-melting little people, or Muppet people … or beings. I’m really looking forward to it,” says Hathaway, 36, a proud Snuffleupagus fan.
Shooting will begin this summer, with the plot being kept under wraps. Krisel told The Hollywood Reporter that the movie will draw inspiration from the “Sesame Street” theme song, with characters getting lost in New York City and trying to find their way back home.
It’s a return of sorts for Hathaway, who sang “I Want a Snuffy for Christmas” with Big Bird and Snuffleupagus on “Sesame Street” in 2009.
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Hathaway, the mother of 3-year-old Jonathan, has new motivation for the role.
” ‘Sesame Street’ is very big in our house right now,” says Hathaway. “But I love the show and really wouldn’t trust anyone that wasn’t a ‘Sesame Street’ fan. It would be like, what’s wrong with you?”
She figures Jonathan will be thrilled about the new gig. But her son is also at the age where he’s not quite grasping her acting career.
“He doesn’t really understand what I do. He just knows Mommy works,” says Hathaway. “Three is such a psychedelic age. So I don’t think it would surprise him if he came to visit Mommy and she was working with Cookie Monster. He’s at that age where that would be completely normal and possible.”
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