The process of getting a movie off of the ground is a lengthy endeavor, with casting standing out as one of the essential elements of the entire process. With that in mind, if The Happytime Murders feels ideally cast with Spy's Melissa McCarthy in the lead role, that's because the Bridesmaids star felt an immediate connection and decided to sign on for the film almost immediately. Speaking with CinemaBlend and other outlets during a visit to the movies set last year, the actress explained:
So, I guess that's the movie equivalent of love at first sight. Melissa McCarthy barely got a few minutes into the script for The Happytime Murders before deciding that it was a project that she wanted to involve herself in, but her husband Ben Falcone convinced her to go back and continue reading before making a final decision. However, even after returning to the script to take a more in-depth look at the story, McCarthy quickly reasserted the fact that she wanted to sign on and play Edwards in the movie.
Showing a darker and grittier side of the puppet world than anything seen on Sesame Street, The Happytime Murders centers on a fictional version of Los Angeles in which humans and puppets live side by side. When a series of murders start to take place in the city, a human detective (Melissa McCarthy) is forced to team up with a puppet (Bill Barretta) to investigate the deaths and get to the bottom of a massive (and decidedly not kid friendly) conspiracy. Along the way, the partners find themselves embroiled in a vulgar web of sex, profanity, drugs, and violence.
The Happytime Murders will premiere in theaters later this summer on August 24. Make sure to keep it here for more information related to the upcoming film, and head over to our movie premiere guide to read up on all of 2018's biggest release dates!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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