×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Elizabeth Banks Joins Melissa McCarthy in ‘Happytime Murders’

Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders,” which began filming this week in Los Angeles.

STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a classic puppet show. Brian Henson is directing.

The production companies are Henson Alternative, On the Day Productions, and STXfilms. McCarthy is producing with partner Ben Falcone, along with Brian Henson and Jeffrey Hayes. Executive producers are Lisa Henson, Dee Robertson, and John W. Hyde.

McCarthy plays the lead detective opposite longtime Henson puppeteer Bill Barretta who performs Phil Phillips, the puppet detective. Banks portrays a burlesque dancer named Jenny and Rudolph plays Bubbles, Phil’s secretary. STXfilms has set an Aug. 17, 2018, release date for “The Happytime Murders.”

Banks will next be seen in “Pitch Perfect 3,” which she also produced. Her acting credits include the “Hunger Games” movies, “40 Year Old Virgin,” “Wet Hot American Summer” and “Love & Mercy.” She has been nominated for multiple Emmys for her television appearances on “30 Rock” and “Modern Family.”

Banks is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.

More Film

  • Nicole Kidman Variety Cover Story 3

    How Nicole Kidman and Her 'Work Husband' Lined Up Blossom Films' High-Powered Slate

    Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders,” which began filming this week in Los Angeles. STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former […]

  • William Goldman Screenwriter Dead

    Eric Roth on What He Learned From William Goldman: 'Take the Reader by the Heart'

    Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders,” which began filming this week in Los Angeles. STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former […]

  • Karyn Kusama Nicole Kidman Destroyer

    'Destroyer' Director Karyn Kusama Pens Tribute to the 'Fierce Uniqueness' of Nicole Kidman

    Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders,” which began filming this week in Los Angeles. STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former […]

  • Hugh Jackman, Deborra-lee Furness. Hugh Jackman,

    Hugh Jackman Gives Teary-Eyed Tribute to His Wife During Santa Barbara Film Festival Honor

    Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders,” which began filming this week in Los Angeles. STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former […]

  • Robin Hood

    Film Review: Taron Egerton in 'Robin Hood'

    Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders,” which began filming this week in Los Angeles. STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former […]

  • Nicole Kidman Variety Cover Story

    Nicole Kidman on the Secrets of Her Career (and More ‘Big Little Lies’)

    Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders,” which began filming this week in Los Angeles. STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former […]

  • Hugh Jackman Responds to John Krasinski,

    Hugh Jackman Has a Message for John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds After Twitter Roast

    Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders,” which began filming this week in Los Angeles. STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content