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Jamie Foxx Circling Comedy ‘The Happytime Murders’

Jamie Foxx is in early talks to star in the STX and Jim Henson Company co-production “The Happytime Murders.”

If a deal (now in its nascent stages) is completed, Foxx would star in the film directed and produced by Brian Henson. Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber are writing the script.

The raucous comedy explores a world where puppets and humans live side by side, and the puppet stars of the iconic TV show “The Happytime Gang” 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 stars of “The Happytime Gang” are 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, while resisting the temptation to murder each other.

Foxx would play one of the cops investigating the case.

Foxx most recently shot “Baby Driver” for Edgar Wright and also has “Sleepless Night” set to bow this year. He is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.

STX declined to comment on the casting, which Deadline Hollywood first reported.

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