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Hillary Busis
December 19, 2012 AT 03:03 PM EST

What happens when David Brent meets Fozzie Bear?

We’ll find out when Disney’s sequel to The Muppets hits theaters. Gervais confirmed rumors via Twitter today that he will play the lead in the new film, a European adventure that is also set to star Ty Burrell as a bumbling Interpol inspector. Here’s Gervais’s tweet:

Will Gervais hold a candle to Jason Segel, who reinvigorated Kermit, Miss Piggy and co. with his 2011 Muppets movie? As long as the final product looks something like this, we’re optimistic:

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