Cleese, Garcia, Molina Turn Pink

Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Alfred Molina and Aishwarya Rai are joining the Sony Pictures/MGM’s sequel “The Pink Panther 2.” Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer will reprise their roles reports Variety.

Cleese will play chief inspector Dreyfus in the pic, taking over the role from Kevin Kline in the first. Garcia, Molina and Rai have signed on as detectives and experts who join forces with Clouseau to catch the thief who has been stealing artifacts around the world.

Harald Zwart (“Agent Cody Banks”) is taking over directing duties from a script penned by Scott Neustadter, Mike Weber, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Steve Martin. A February 13th 2009 release is planned.