Garcia, Cleese, Molina, Rai join comedy's cast

Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Alfred Molina and Aishwarya Rai are joining Steve Martin in Columbia Pictures/MGM’s sequel “The Pink Panther 2.” Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer will reprise their roles.

The sequel, which was announced in March 2006, is skedded for release on Feb. 13, 2009.

Harald Zwart (“Agent Cody Banks”) is taking over directing duties from Shawn Levy in the sequel, which was penned by Scott Neustadter, Mike Weber, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Steve Martin. Robert Simonds is producing; Ira Shuman exec produces.

Cleese will play chief inspector Dreyfus in the pic. Garcia, Molina and Rai have signed on as detectives and experts who join forces with Clouseau to catch the thief who has been stealing artifacts around the world.

Martin’s original outing as Clouseau made more than $140 million worldwide at the B.O.

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