Ricky Gervais in Negotiations for ‘The Muppets’ Sequel

Ricky Gervais is in negotiations to play the lead role in "The Muppets" sequel, to be directed by James Bobin for Disney

Ricky Gervais is in negotiations to star in “The Muppets” sequel at Disney, a representative for the actor told TheWrap.

Getty ImagesTy Burrell was cast in the film earlier this month after Christoph Waltz dropped out.

James Bobin, who directed the 2011 Muppets film, is directing the sequel, which he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller.

Filming is expected to begin in Europe early next year.

The 2011 “Muppets” feature made $88 million at the U.S. box office.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing the sequel.

Gervais’ recent credits include “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D.” His upcoming films include “The Wind in the Willows.”

He is represented by WME and United Agents.