Joel McHale Joins the Cast of 'The Happytime Murders'

Posted 2017/09/15 0 0

Community alumni Joel McHale has joined the puppet murder mystery.


Actor-comedian Joel McHale has been cast in an upcoming puppet comedy "The Happytime Murders" at STXfilms. The project is currently shooting in Los Angeles and also stars Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph and Elizabeth Banks.

Mirroring a sort of Who Framed Roger Rabbit vibe, The Happytime Murders exists in a world where humans and Muppets live as one – but there’s a catch. In this world, Muppets are viewed as an underrepresented minority of sorts. And to make matters worse, the cast of “The Happytime Gang,” an ’80s television show for children, is being killed off one by one, and the detective assigned to the case is a fellow Muppet named Phil Phillips whose reputation has fallen on hard times. Melissa McCarthy is starring as his former partner, Detective Connie Edwards.

McHale is playing a stern FBI agent working on the case. Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, Erich and Jon Hoeber, and McCarthy wrote the script. Henson, McCarthy, Ben Falcone and Jeffrey Hayes will produce. The movie will be released on August 17th, 2018.

McHale, who led the casts of TV’s Community and more recently, The Great Outdoors, will next be seen in the Netflix biopic of National Lampoon creator Doug Kenney, A Futile & Stupid Gesture, in which he portrays former Community co-star Chevy Chase. He will also appear in Sam Levinson’s upcoming thriller Assassination Nation.