Ty Burrell has reportedly signed on for The Muppets 2.
The Modern Family star, best known for his Emmy award-nominated performance as Phil Dunphy in the US sitcom, is set to take over from Christoph Waltz in the upcoming sequel, reported Heat Vision blog.
The Austrian actor had been in talks to play an Interpol agent in the movie, but his work schedule led to conflicts so Ty will step into the role.
James Bobin, who directed the 2011 film, will return to the director's chair and work from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller.
Plot details for the as-yet-untitled follow-up remains under wraps, but the film will be set in Europe, with production scheduled to begin next year in London.
Jason Segel - who wrote and starred in the original film - and Amy Adams have both denied that they will reprise their human roles of Gary and Mary in the sequel.
"I did what I set out to do and now I want to pursue more human-related projects. I'm sure I'll return in some capacity here and there, but that was half a decade of my life. Five years of hard work. I'm ready for a little puppet break," he told Collider.
Amy said: "I was never approached. I think the story takes us beyond Mary and Gary and now the Muppets are back together."
The Muppets 2 is expected for a December 2013 release.