Just a couple of weeks ago, we got the brilliant news that Jim Carrey and Steve Carell would be working together again, co-leading the magician comedy, Burt Wonderstone.
The two both starred in Bruce Almighty (I can’t believe that came out eight years ago!), albeit with Carell in a smaller role, and then teamed up to lend their voices for Horton Hears A Who! back in 2008.
The short list for the female lead to star alongside Carrey and Carell in Burt Wonderstone has now arisen, Collider report, and it’s got some pretty fantastic names on it. Michelle Monaghan (Source Code, Machine Gun Preacher), Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens), Judy Greer (TV’s Arrested Development and Archer), Sarah Silverman (School of Rock), and Jessica Biel (The Illusionist, The A-Team) are all on the list, which is excellent news.
Clearly, sights are being set pretty high for this film, which will focus on the story of a Las Vegas magician (Carell) who strives to remain relevant when a new, ‘hip’ magician (Carrey) arrives on the scene. Don Scardino, whose credits include the brilliant comedies 30 Rock and Ed, will be directing from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who co-wrote the hilarious Horrible Bosses, with Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) currently doing a re-write.
As for who would be best for the female role, I’m inclined to agree with Collider, and think that Judy Greer is arguably the best on the list. If it were a drama, either Monaghan or Wilde would win hands-down for me, but given its comedic nature, and the fact that Carell and Carrey are already attached, I think Greer would probably work best in the female lead – details of which are not yet known.
She was excellent in Arrested Development, and is brilliant in Archer, bringing both a bit of comedy and crazy to the roles in each, and getting to see her star in what will no doubt be a pretty big comedy when it comes out would be great. She’ll next be seen alongside George Clooney in The Descendants in January, and then alongside Jason Segel in Jeff Who Lives At Home next April, both of which should be fantastic. So personally, my vote lies with her. All of the names (though I’m not particularly keen on Silverman, myself) on the list are excellent though, and they would certainly all do a great job in whatever the role calls for. Whoever the part does finally go to, this is definitely a project that’s shaping up nicely so far.