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Jamie Foxx eyed to headline R-rated puppet movie

Photo credit: @iamjamiefoxx via Twitter
Photo credit: @iamjamiefoxx/Twitter

Jamie Foxx, is currently in talks to star in The Happytime Murders, an action film highlighting a “world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens,” by way of STX Entertainment and the Jim Henson Company.

Written by Todd Berger, Dee Austin Robertson, and Erich and Jon Hoeber, The Happytime Murders follows puppet stars of an iconic TV show “The Happytime Gang” who are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off-camera, the family-friendly cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush. When the “Happytime Gang” stars begin to be mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives — one a type-A, take-no-prisoners human with a secret and the other a crass, hard-drinking puppet with a connection to one of the victims — must put aside their differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit, all the while trying to resist the temptation to murder each other,” reports Deadline.

Should he accept the role, Foxx would play Detective Edwards, an LAPD cop who teams up with puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips. Together, the dysfunctional duo set out to solve murders, while bumping heads over each other’s methods.

The R-rated comedy noir is a turn for the Oscar-winning actor, singer, and comedian, who’s best known for uplifting roles in family friendly films like Annie, Ray and Ali. In the meantime, the 48-year-old is set to play Little John in the gritty Robin Hood: Origins. He’s also signed on to lead the American remake of the French action flick Sleepless Night, and joined the ensemble of Edgar Wright’s now-filming musical heist Baby Driver.

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