Casting news! The Hollywood Reporter says that Ty Burrell has joined the cast of the sequel to “The Muppets,” last year’s popular revival of the classic characters’ screen career. Burrell will play the role of an Interpol inspector. Christoph Waltz had originally been close to signing on for the project, but schedule difficulties prevented him from taking the role.
The movie will be set in Europe, and will feature many celebrity cameos, as is the tradition. The stars of the original, Jason Segel and Amy Adams, will not be back, but James Bobin is returning to direct, and is writing the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller.
Burrell is best known for his work on ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family,” but has been moving into film. He was in the little-seen indie “Butter,” and just did voice work for “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” the big screen version of the 1960s animated series that will be released next November (he’s Mr. Peabody if you want to know). He’s currently filming “The Skeleton Twins” with Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader and is also set for the indie “Switch” (aren’t there already about nine million movies titled “Switch?” Can they rethink that?).
“The Muppets” sequel will shoot in London this winter.