Ricky Gervais announces his casting in Muppets 2

We reported yesterday that The Office star Ricky Gervais was rumoured to be taking the human lead role in Disney’s sequel to The Muppets and today the star tweeted that he has indeed been cast.

“I have just signed up to play the lead in the next Muppet Movie,” Gervais wrote. “I have the biggest trailer but Kermit will spend some time in my sink.”

Disney has not acknowledged the casting, but Gervais and his agent have both confirmed his involvement. He will replace Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) who co-wrote the first movie as well as playing the lead character Gary. Director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) and Nicholas Stoller will be returning along with newcomer Ty Burrell (Modern Family) who will play a “lazy Interpol agent”. Producer Todd Lieberman also confirmed that Brett McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) will return to provide the music. McKenzie won an Oscar with 2011′s The Muppets for the track ‘Man or Muppet’.

Muppets 2 is to be filmed in Europe next year so we can expect to see more British actors being cast and suspect a modern day remake of The Great Muppet Caper which was set in London. No release date has been announced.

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