Steve Carell In Talks To Play A Magician In Burt Wonderstone
In the opening to last night's episode of The Office, every employee of the Scranton branch of Sabre Printers is performing a lip dub to the song "Nobody But Me" by Human Beinz. After touring around the all of the desks, the camera enters the office of Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, where he donning a top hat, a cape and a magic wand. Apparently the actor really liked filming that scene because now he wants to play a magician in a movie.
Variety reports that Carell is in negotiations to star in Burt Wonderstone, a comedy about magicians in Las Vegas. After a risky illusion (tricks are what a whore does for money) kills his partner, Burt Wonderstone, played by Carell, must reexamine his life and "rediscover his love of magic." The most recent draft of the script was written by John Francis Daley (best known for his acting role on Freaks and Geeks) and Jonathan Goldstein.
This is Carell's last season on The Office so expect him to be picking up movie projects left and right very soon. He's already attached to a film called A Boyfriend For My Wife, but this film seems like a much more natural fit. Last night's episode was hardly the first time that Michael Scott has put his love of magic on display, be it attending magic camp or getting himself locked inside of a straitjacket and losing the key. Carell's last few live-action ventures have not been on par with his earlier work, culminating with this past summer's Dinner For Schmucks. Hopefully he'll get back on track.
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