The casting news in the past few months for Burt Wonderstone has been excellent. The film will see the return of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey after the great Bruce Almighty in 2003 and Horton Hears A Who! In 2008.
Alongside them, we can look forward to seeing Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett, Alan Arkin, and Jay Mohr. ComingSoon.net have got the first pictures from the set, which was filming out in Las Vegas this week, giving us a great first look at Carell, Wilde, and Buscemi.
Carell stars as the eponymous Burt Wonderstone, part of a two-man magician act in Vegas. After his partner (Buscemi) leaves him, he finds himself having to compete with a hot new act (Carrey) and has to convince his partner to come back to the stage.
30 Rock’s Don Scardino is going to be directing, with the original spec script coming from Chad Kultgen, and re-writes being done first by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, and most recently by Oscar-nominated Jason Reitman (Up in the Air). The writing on Horrible Bosses was so good, and Reitman’s work is of course impeccable, so there’s every reason to expect this to be brilliant.
Filming is (obviously) already underway, and hopefully we won’t have too long to wait before it hits the big screen. Casting news towards the end of the year revealed a few actresses being considered for the female lead, and I’m really glad that Wilde was picked, because she’s so good, and is looking brilliant as the magicians’ assistant in these photos. As usual, click to enlarge.