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Ty Burrell poised to join Muppets sequel

Ty Burrell

Story by Jack Foley

MODERN Family star Ty Burrell looks set to join the cast of The Muppets sequel as one of the film’s human stars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian is expected to take the role of an inspector originally earmarked for Christoph Waltz, who can’t now appear due to a conflict schedule.

The new Muppet movie shifts the adventure from Hollywood to Europe and will, like its predecessor, feature a number of cameos in line with Muppets’ movie tradition.

But there will also be several key roles – with Burrell’s Interpol inspector one of them. Another notable character is a Russian femme fatale.

Burrell has won a number of awards for his comedy work in Modern Family, including an Emmy in 2011 for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.

The actor will also shoot two indies in the new year, The Skeleton Twins with Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig and the ensemble Switch.

In addition he is also developing a new comedy show for ABC that he is writing and co-executive producing with his brother, Duncan, which is based on their childhood in Oregon.

James Bobin, who directed the 2011 Muppets film, is returning to helm the follow-up, which will shoot in London this winter.

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