Ty Burrell Set to Star in Muppets Sequel

Ty Burell from 'Modern Family' poses on arrival for  "A night of Firsts", hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on December 8, 2011 in West Hollywood, where actress/musician Rainey Qualley was presented as Miss Golden Globe 2012 for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The awards will air Live across the US on January 15, 2012 with host Ricky Gervais. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ty Burrell and Kermit: Twins? Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images; Disney

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the puppetlike Ty Burrell is set to star as a human Interpol agent in the upcoming Europe-set, Jason Segel–less Muppets sequel (2 Muppets 2 Furious?). It's a part that Christoph Waltz had to back out of because of scheduling conflicts (and because he was scaring all the kids.) Burrell should be a natural on set — for years he's been acting against Luke Dunphy, a character who's basically a teenage Fozzie Bear without the hat and stand-up aspirations.