The long-gestating, rated-R horror-comedy The Happytime Murders finally began shooting this week, and we’ve got the latest casting news for you today.
Via Deadline, Elizabeth Banks will play a burlesque dancer in the film, starring alongside the previously announced Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.
At this time, the movie has an August 17, 2018 release date.
Brian Henson will direct the comedy in conjunction with Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative banner.
“The comedy is set in the underbelly of a Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist. Two clashing detectives, one human (McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together to figure out who is brutally murdering the former cast of The Happytime Gang, a beloved classic puppet show.”
Henson, McCarthy, Jeffrey Hayes and Falcone will serve as Happytime producers, while Lisa Henson, Dee Robertson and John W. Hyde will executive produce. McCarthy and Falcone will producer under their On the Day Productions banner.
The story is by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson; the screenplay is by Berger, Robertson, Erich & Jon Hoeber and McCarthy. STXfilms VP Production Sheroum Kim and creative executive Kate Vorhoff oversaw the production.