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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, which starts production in January, 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 earlier this month that Ty Burrell, one of the stars of Modern Family, is on board as a lazy Interpol inspector. Gervais, however, would play the lead (as much as one can be a lead opposite Kermit, Fozzie

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