The Happytime Murders looks to be boasting the very top of women in comedy, adding Elizabeth Banks to star alongside Maya Rudolph and recent Emmy Winner for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Melissa McCarthy.
The Happytime Murders comes from the Jim Henson Company, under Henson Alternative. A puppet comedy, the film plays on the classic film noir detective genre, attractive to a wide range of audiences. The story centers on two clashing detectives, one human and one puppet, who are forced to work together to catch the killer who’s murdering the former cast of The Happytime Gang, a classic puppet show.
Banks joins the film to portray a burlesque dancer named Jenny; McCarthy is already attached to the the lead detective opposite longtime Henson puppeteer Bill Barretta who performs as Phil Phillips, the puppet detective. Rudolph plays Phil’s secretary Bubbles.
Brian Henson – Jim Henson‘s son – directs, and produces the film alongside McCarthy, her partner Ben Falcone, and Jeffrey Hayes. Lisa Henson, Dee Robertson, and John W. Hyde executive produce.
Elizabeth Banks is, of course, most known for producing and starring in the Pitch Perfect series, having also directed the second installment. She also starred as the famously eccentric Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games franchise.
The Happytime Murders began filming this week in Los Angeles, and is currently slated for an August 17, 2018 US release.