11/01/2012 09:14 am ET

Christoph Waltz & 'The Muppets': Oscar Winner May Join Sequel

That's a bingo? According to THR, Christoph Waltz is negotiating to join "The Muppets 2." If a deal is worked out, he'd play an interpol inspector in the family comedy.

This would be a shift for Waltz, who is best known for playing the villainous Nazi Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds." (The role won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.) He'll next star in Tarantino's "Django Unchained" as a bounty hunter.

As THR notes, "The Muppets 2" will take place in Europe and likely be a caper film (hence the Interpol agent). Released less than a year ago, "The Muppets" was a solid success for Disney, grossing over $158 million worldwide. Star and co-writer Jason Segel isn't returning for "The Muppets 2," but director James Bobin ("Flight of the Conchords") will once again be behind the camera.

"It’s totally amicable," Segel told Collider earlier this year about splitting from "The Muppets." "My goal was to bring The Muppets back. And I did that leaving them in very good hands. I did what I set out to do, and now I wanna pursue more human-related projects."

To that end, Segel recently signed on to co-write and star in "The Other F Word," an adaptation of a 2011 documentary about how punk rockers deal with aging and fatherhood.

For more on Waltz, head over to THR.

[via THR]

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