Ty Burrell in, Christoph Waltz out of 'The Muppets' sequel

Modern Family has done a world of good for Ty Burrell's career. He'd been around for awhile, but now he's at the point where he's the one producers turn to when a bigger star can't fit a project into their schedule. At some point the second fiddle becomes the first fiddle, right? He recently replaced Robert Downey Jr. as the lead voice in Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and now he's taking on the role originally slotted for Christoph Waltz in The Muppets sequel.

Disney is now casting up the film, a European-set caper that brings back director James Bobin, co-writer Nicholas Stoller, and Bret McKenzie working on the soundtrack. Burrell will play an Interpol agent and the primary villain, taking over for Waltz who had a scheduling conflict.

Production begins in London early next year for release on December 20th 2013.