When the world first met Jamie Foxx, he was doing weird, out there comedy. He’s since evolved into an Oscar-winning actor — but an upcoming role will bring him back to that space. He’s in early talks to star in The Happytime Murders, an R-rated puppet comedy produced by the Jim Henson Company. According to Deadline, Foxx is in early talks to star as a straight-laced Los Angeles Police detective who butts heads with his partner, a not-so-reliable officer who are both on the case of a series of murders.
That’s where the puppets come in. In the story, some of the most famous celebrities in the world are the family stars of The Happytime Gang. However, off-camera, they’re not as wholesome as their show would lead people to believe. One by one, they start to get killed, and the human cops are on the case.
The Happytime Murders sort of sounds like 12 Little Indians meets Lethal Weapon, starring the Muppet Kardashians. Add Foxx to that, as well as director Brian Henson and new studio STX Entertainment, and you’ve got a bizarre but cool-sounding project.