Another lovable sitcom star will headline a Muppets movie: Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell has signed on to play an Interpol inspector in the sequel to the 2011 franchise reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 2011 film was written by and starred How I Met Your Mother‘s Jason Segel.
The new movie, co-written by Nicholas Stoller and director James Bobbin, will take place in Europe. Burrell’s Interpol agent is one of the main human roles, alongside what THR describes as a “Russian femme Fatale.” Christoph Waltz was originally in talks for the part, but couldn’t take it because of scheduling conflicts.
Segel will not return for the sequel, although producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are back on board.
It won’t be Burrell’s first foray into kid-friendly film — he stars as the voice of the beloved Rocky and Bullwinkle character Mr. Peabody in Dreamworks Animation’s 2013 feature Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The Muppets sequel will begin shooting in London in winter of 2013.
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