The Happytime Murders: Melissa McCarthy snorts ecstasy with puppets in Henson comedy trailer

The star teams up with A Muppet Christmas Carol director Brian Henson for raucous new film The Happytime Murders

Melissa McCarthy has teamed up with Jim Henson’s son for the dark new comedy The Happytime Murders.

In the first trailer, the Oscar-nominated star of Bridesmaids and Spy is seen doing ecstasy at gunpoint and being propositioned by puppet prostitutes. The film comes from the director of A Muppet Christmas Carol, Brian Henson.

The plot imagines a world where humans and puppets coexist until a brutal string of murders occurs. The cast of a kids show, The Happytime Gang, are being killed off and two detectives, played by McCarthy and a puppet, must figure out who is to blame.

Henson has called it a “wild” crime thriller. “It’s a really cool and weird and wonderful piece,” he said to “And it’s R-rated so it’s really odd for me. But I’m really enjoying doing it.”

It’s been in the works since 2008 with Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx and Katherine Heigl all previously attached. As well as McCarthy, the film also stars Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks.

McCarthy’s latest comedy, Life of the Party, has had largely negative reviews but opened to a solid $17.8m in the US. This year will also see her team up with Diary of a Teenage Girl director Marielle Heller for the fact-based drama Can You Ever Forgive Me?.

The Happytime Murders will be released in the US on 17 August and in the UK on 24 August.

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