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Ricky Gervais in talks to star in 'Muppets' sequel
By Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter

Comedian Ricky Gervais is in negotiations to star in the "Muppets" sequel as the Disney movie's human lead character, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The follow-up movie to the 2011 hit starts production in January and is a European-centric adventure. And while the film will be populated by a slew of cameos, there are three main human roles. THR reported Dec. 7 that Ty Burrell, one of the stars of ABC's "Modern Family," is on board as a lazy Interpol inspector.

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Gervais, however, would play the lead -- as much as one can be a lead opposite Kermit, Fozzie and Miss Piggy -- with his stature being compared to the role played by Jason Segel in the 2011 movie. But the nature of Gervais' character is unknown because the script is being kept secret. Also unclear is whether the part calls for singing, a requirement for the first movie (but here's hoping).

Gervais shot a cameo for the first movie, but the scene didn't make the final cut.

James Bobin, who directed the 2011 "Muppets" film, is back as director and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller. Segel will not return.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who produced "The Muppets," are back to produce the sequel, which will shoot in London.

If a deal is made, the role would be Gervais' first feature lead since the 2009 comedy "The Invention of Lying."

He is repped by WME and United Agents.

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Dec 17, 2012 7:43PM
oooh noooooo! Now Kermit the Frog will be the target of his ill humor!  I grew up with The Muppets, and I will not even pay a dollar to see that movie now, since he will be in a lead role.  Very disappointing.
Dec 18, 2012 3:08AM
At last, this overrated 'actor' has found a niche where he blends in perfectly, with muppets.
Dec 17, 2012 8:06PM
bad move enough damage done with his type at sesame street don't you think?
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