Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi in Talks for Steve Carell's 'Burt Wonderstone' (Exclusive)
Olivia Wilde and Steve Buscemi are in talks to join Burt Wonderstone, New Line’s magician comedy starring Steve Carell.
Jim Carrey and James Gandolfini are already in negotiations to join the cast.
The project is set in the world of rival Las Vegas magicians. Carell is a more traditional magic man who is dethroned by a hipper illusionist doing dangerous tricks and breaks up with his partner then must find a way to rediscover his love for magic.
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Carrey is playing the magician who represents the new face of magic while Gandolfini will be an owner of a casino.
Wilde will play Carell’s love interest, who at first is his assistant but later works for Carrey.
Buscemi will play Carell’s longtime friend and partner who quits the act.
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The movie is scheduled to go before cameras in January.
Veteran TV director Don Scardino is making his feature debut on the project, which is being produced by Chris Bender and J.C. Spink of Benderspink, Tyler Mitchell, and Carell. Benderspink's Jake Weiner is also producing.
Wilde, repped by WME and Untitled, was last seen in Cowboys & Aliens. Buscemi, repped by WME and the Gotham Group, stars in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.