With How I Met Your Mother star Jason Segal not returning to join his The Muppets co-stars for a second film after helping relaunch their franchise, Disney has turned to another star from another popular sitcom to take the human lead of the planned sequel – Modern Family‘s Ty Purrell.
Burrell will be taking the role of a police inspector that Christoph Waltz had originally been considered for last month. Waltz had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
The Muppets director James Bobin is returnng for similar duties on the sequel, which will see the Kermit the Frog and friends head to Europe where they will get mixed up in some sort of caper. According to the Hollywood Reporter, other human characters in the comedy will include Russian femme fatale and a male lead with questionable intentions. Bobbin has also co-written the film’s screenplay with Nicholas Stoller. Shooting is set to start later this winter in London.