Ricky Gervais in Talks for Muppets Sequel

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Ricky Gervais in Talks for <i>Muppets</i> Sequel

As the Muppets sequel moves forward in development, some big names are signing on for the project. Earlier this month it was reported that Modern Family’s Ty Burrell will play a lazy Interpol inspector, and now comedian Ricky Gervais is in talks to star as the film’s human lead character.

The exact role is being kept under wraps, however he is expected to play as big of a part as Jason Segel did in the first movie, THR reports. Gervais actually shot a cameo for the first film that never made the final cut.

James Bobin is back to direct the sequel, which he also co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller. Production begins this January in London.