John Cleese is one of four actors who are joining the recently married Steve Martin for the "Pink Panther" sequel.
The former Monty Python trouper has signed on, alongside Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina and Aishwarya Rai, for Columbia Pictures/MGM's "The Pink Panther 2," reports Variety. Martin once again will don the mustache as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.
Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer will reprise their roles as Gendarme Gilbert Ponton and Nicole, respectively.
Garcia, Molina and Rai will play detectives and experts who team up with Clouseau to catch a thief that has been stealing artifacts worldwide. Cleese will portray Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the pic. Dreyfus, Clouseau's ambitious rival, was played by Kevin Kline in the 2006 film. It's likely that this time around, Dreyfus will seek revenge for Clouseau stealing his glory by solving the first case.
The sequel, helmed by Harald Zwart ("Agent Cody Banks") is scheduled for release on Feb. 13, 2009.
Cleese was heard recently as the froggy king of Far, Far Away in "Shrek 3" and is known by kids worldwide as the ghost Nearly Headless Nick in the "Harry Potter" films. Garcia was last seen in "Ocean's Thirteen," Molina last appeared in "The Hoax" and appears in Kenneth Branagh's upcoming HBO film "As You Like It," while Bollywood actress Rai ("Bride & Prejudice") stars opposite Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley in "The Last Legion," opening nationwide on Friday, Aug. 17.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times