I was one of those who was hoping there wasn't going to be a "human lead" in the film, especially since we already have a villain and a "femme fatale." Of course, it remains to be seen how significant the role is. As for Gervais...ok, I'm not a big fan. But then, he loves the Muppets, right? So he gets points for that. What worries me is that he's the sort that tends to suck all of the attention in a room to himself. It's a gift, but not one I'm eager for the Muppets to share screen time with. I still expect great things from the movie. But I don't find this news, taken on its own, exciting.