Elizabeth Banks joins the cast of Brian Henson's puppet noir Happytime Murders

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It’s been a couple of months since we’ve heard anything about Brian Henson’s long-in-the-works puppet-centric noir The Happytime Murders, but now comes word that a Hunger Games alum has joined the cast.

Deadline reports that Elizabeth Banks (who recently appeared on the big screen as the villainous Rita Repulsa in that Power Rangers reboot) will appear alongside Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters) and Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) in the puppet movie hailing from STXfilms and produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative as … a burlesque dancer. 

Directed by Brian Henson and penned by Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, Erich and Jon Hoeber and Melissa McCarthy, The Happytime Murders has begun filming this week in Los Angeles, where the storyline takes place.

In case Banks and McCarthy sharing the screen for The Happytime Murders wasn't cool enough, the concept for the movie itself is fascinating. Set in a world where humans and puppets coexist (but as second-class citizens), the movie follows a detective duo made up of a human (McCarthy) and a puppet who must work together to solve the murder of the puppet cast of a kid’s show called The Happytime Gang. 

The Happytime Murders will open on Aug. 17, 2018. What do you think of Elizabeth Banks coming on board the movie?

(via Deadline)