Ty Burrell snaps up starring role in 'The Muppets' once set for Christoph Waltz
Not so hurdy-gurdy
By Kate Erbland Dec 8, 2012 3:22AM
Well now, this just doesn't seem fair. The Hollywood Reporter, erm, reports that "Modern Family" star (and, admittedly, Emmy winner) Ty Burrell will now star in the upcoming sequel to "The Muppets" in a role that once was believed to belong to Christoph Waltz. Waltz was first rumored for the role back in November, but the outlet reports that the part did not pan out because of Waltz's busy schedule. That does seem like a pity.
Burrell's role will be that of an Interpol inspector who the Muppets will no doubt go up against, as this new film moves the action to Europe and is expected to be an internationally-flavored possibly heist-centric picture (you know, starring The Muppets). James Bobin, who directed the first film, will be back for helming duties, along with original co-writer Nicholas Stoller (the pair have scripted this new entry together). However, Jason Segel, who starred in and co-wrote the first film with Stoller, will not return for this latest adventure.
Burrell is in demand these days - he recently completed a starring role in DreamWorks Animations' "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," landed comedic parts in "The Skeleton Twins" and "Switch," and developed a new sitcom for ABC. Still, he doesn't seem as amusingly suited for playing a Muppet-battling baddie in the new film as Waltz did. Perhaps he'll surprise us.
"The Muppets" sequel will arrive in theaters sometime in 2013.