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Ricky Gervais in talks to star in Muppets sequel

The Muppets sequel may not be welcoming back Jason Segel for another starring outing, but Kermit and co. may well have found a replacement in the form of Ricky Gervais.

Details of who Gervais might play remain undisclosed, although it's thought that he's wanted to play the leading human role, as opposed to a mere cameo.

Gervais had recorded a cameo role for the original movie, only for it to end up on the cutting room floor. And for anyone questioning whether his brand of censor-baiting comedy would be a good fit for the Muppets, he does have previous, as you can see below...

The project recently suffered a setback when Christoph Waltz dropped out of playing an Interpol Agent, although that role has now been recast for Modern Family star Ty Burrell.

D escribed as a European-set caper, the film will be directed by James Bobin from a script by Nicholas Stoller, and is expected to begin filming in the UK in January 2013.

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