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Thanks to his role in the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons has become a big star. Though he hasn’t exactly been a stranger to the movie theater, his success has primarily been confined to the small screen thus far, and his film roles have largely been limited to sporadic smaller parts. As the eighth season of Big Bang winds down, however, Parsons is making the leap to a leading role on the big screen in a comedy with the amazing name Man-Witch.
While it may conjure up images of Sloppy Joes for some of you, Man-Witch has been kicking around for a while, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jim Parsons is in talks to play the lead character. In addition to his role in front of the camera, Parsons will also help develop the magical comedy for Warner Bros. and will produce along with Neal Moritz.
As the title implies, Man-Witch involves a man with witchlike powers. Usually people tend to refer to these folks as warlocks, but there’s already a Warlock franchise that’s been around for decades. And that name isn’t nearly as ridiculous anyway.
If he signs on the proverbial dotted line, Jim Parsons will play a schoolteacher who finds out, apparently in rather abrupt fashion, that he has more skills in the witchy realm than he expected. From there, a coven of witches takes the fledgling member of their clan under their wing and enrolls him in witch school. I’m not making this up. As this unfolds, it sounds like Man-Witch will become a fish-out-of-water comedy as Parsons’ very grown up man-witch will be surrounded by his fellow students, who are all young girls. I can only assume there will be a scene where the 6’2" actor attempts to sit in an elementary school-sized desk with hilarity to follow.
Jim Parsons is far from the first big star to circle around Man-Witch. Warner Bros. first picked up the pitch back in 2005 for a tidy sum, and at various stages of its earlier development, both Jack Black and Zach Galifianakis were linked to the lead role. There was even a point before he helmed The Hangover when Todd Phillips was in the running to direct. Obviously there’s something there that has managed to capture the attention of big name stars and talent. Maybe this time we’ll actually get to see what that is.
Jim Parsons only has a handful of movie roles on his resume, and Man-Witch will be the biggest yet. He showed up in Visions, a recent horror movie, as he did in Zach Braff’s I Wish I was Here in 2014. Though he appeared in The Muppets in 2011, it was only in one scene, playing a human version of the new Muppet Walter, and was little more than a cameo. Though his movie roles are few and far between, Parsons did gain quite a bit of acclaim for his dramatic turn in 2014’s The Normal Heart on HBO. But don't worry, we'll still see Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory at least through Season 10.