Ty Burrell Replacing Christoph Waltz In THE MUPPETS Sequel
Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz was previously in talks to star in Disney's upcoming Muppets sequel, but he has dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Modern Family's Ty Burrell has signed on to replace him.
Recently, we heard the news that Christoph Waltz (The Green Hornet, Django Unchained) was in talks to star in Disney's planned sequel to The Muppets, which begins production early next year. Now, we have the disappointing news that, due to the actor's schedule, a deal wasn't able to be made. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ty Burrell (who has won several awards for his work on ABC's Modern Family) is set to replace Waltz as an Interpol inspector in the Europe-set sequel. Burrell's character is one of the film's key human roles, as well as a Russian femme fatale who has yet to be cast. As expected, a slew of celebrity cameos is expected. Burrell recently finished voicing Mr. Peabody in Dreamworks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which hits theaters in November 2013. James Bobin, who helmed the 2011 Muppets film which grossed $158M worldwide, is returning to direct the sequel, and he's also co-writing with Nicholas Stoller. The follow-up will begin filming this January in London, and currently has a release date of December 20th, 2013.
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