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James Gandolfini has been in a few comedies over the course of his career, with roles in movies like Get Shorty, In The Loop, and Surviving Christmas, but they are hardly what he's known for. Thanks to his enormous stature, he has made a career out of playing mafiosos and muscle men, most notably during six seasons of The Sopranos, but now he's apparently ready to make people laugh again.
Showbiz 411 recently caught up with Gandolfini at a big HBO gala and learned that the actor is currently developing a new comedy with Steve Carell called The Bone Men. Set up at Carell's production company, the movie will reportedly feature the two actors as paleontologists working in the late 1800s. Apparently Fox 2000 and HBO are already interested in the project, which Gandolfini simply described as "very funny."
But while that film may be in the earliest stages of development, it won't be long until we get to see Carell and Gandolfini on the big screen together. Next year both actors will appear in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a new comedy from 30 Rock director Don Scardino about rival magicians battling to be the top act in Las Vegas. Carell will be playing the titular role in the movie while Gandolfini will play Doug Munney, the owner of the casino where Wonderstone hosts his act. That movie will be in theaters December 31, 2013.
Gandolfini will next be seen in Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly - in which he once again plays the muscle man role - and is currently in production on the new untitled Nicole Holofcener film with Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.