Days before she co-hosts the Golden Globes, Tina Fey is in late-stage negotiations to star as the female lead in Disney’s Muppets sequel, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Fey would join Ricky Gervais as the human stars of the movie, which sees the felt-and fur-lined puppets engaged in a European-set adventure. Modern Family star Ty Burrell also has a leading role.
The script is being kept secret but the character descriptions point to a caper. Burrell, as first revealed by THR, is playing a lazy Interpol inspector.
If a deal is concluded, Fey, according to sources, would play a Russian gulag prison guard.
James Bobin, who directed the 2011 Muppets film, is back as helmer and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller.
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who produced Muppets, also are back to produce the sequel, which will shoot in London later this month.
Muppets 2 would mark Fey’s first feature appearance since 2010’s Date Night. She worked with Gervais in 2009’s The Invention of Lying, which Gervais starred in and co-wrote and co-directed.
The Emmy-winning star and creator of NBC’s 30 Rock, who is stepping into Gervais' shoes as co-host with Amy Poehler of the Globes on Sunday, is repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.