Sinking his teeth into 'Beaver' lead?

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Jim Carrey has emerged as a leading candidate to star in "The Beaver," from Kyle Killen's buzz script. Carrey likes the script, and producers like him for the role, though casting would be dependent on a director's approval.

Steve Carell had been loosely attached to play the lead when Jay Roach was in discussions to direct.

"Beaver," an offbeat dramedy that Anonymous Content is producing, centers on the relationship between a man and a beaver puppet he wears on his arm, which he talks to and treats as an intelligent companion.

Killen's script has generated enormous interest in development circles, drawing comparisons to "Being John Malkovich" and "Lars and the Real Girl." It held the top spot on this past year's Black List, a survey of the most beloved scripts in Hollywood. It's expected to begin shooting this year.

Producers are currently out to directors, with several contenders in the mix, including the novel possibility of Jodie Foster, who has had conversations about helming. Foster has directed several pics previously, including the 1991 mother-son drama "Little Man Tate" and 1995 family tale "Home for the Holidays."

The CAA-repped Carrey has recently engaged in a pattern of alternating between his trademark big-budget comedies and more quirky fare. He's next up in Disney's version of "A Christmas Carol" and has signed on to play Curly in the Farrelly Bros. reboot of "The Three Stooges." But he also recently starred in the Sundance trail-of-deception drama "I Love You Philip Morris," and has flourished in offbeat dramatic roles, most notably in the Charlie Kaufman-penned "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
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