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Jim Carrey has made a name for himself over two decades as one of Hollywood's funniest actors, but in several instances, he brought those comedic chops onto comic book-related projects. In 1995, he played The Riddler in Batman Forever, and 18 years later, he played Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2 (though he later spoke out against that movie). Now there's word that Carrey will add a third comic book movie to his resume: Aleister Arcane, based on the IDW series, which has the potential to be way more violent than Kick-Ass 2.
Jim Carrey will team up with horror director Eli Roth on Aleister Arcane (originally written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Breehn Burns), according to THR. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death writer Jon Croker will pen the script, while David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman (both from Mandeville Films) and Michael Aguilar will produce. In addition to starring as the eponymous character, Carrey will also executive produce.
Originally published over three issues in 2004, Aleister Arcane was about Aleister Green, a late night TV show host who adopted the "Arcane" identity for his midnight horror series in Jackson, Oklahoma. Aleister enjoyed the sketches he got to perform on the air, but after the network grew disgusted at the show's gore, he was fired. An incident involving two children eventually led to him being put on trial and succumbing to an early grave, but before dying, he left a "gift" behind that lead to horrific events occurring all over town. Now it's up to those two children to break the curse that Alesiter conjured. As you would guess, it's a job easier said than done.
In addition to being his third comic book movie, Aleister Arcane will also be Jim Carrey's second horror movie, following 2017's The Bad Batch. He previously starred in The Number 23, but that's more of a psychological thriller. Carrey has also starred in a scattering of drama movies over the years, so it's not like he's a stranger to the more dramatic fare. However, judging by Aleister Green's personality in the graphic novel, it sounds like there will be room for Carrey to be his usual weird and humorous self in the midst of the movie's freaky moments. In addition to Aleister Arcane and The Bad Batch, Carrey also has the crime film True Crimes coming out, so the man who's noted for his wacky hijinks on the big screen is clearly eager to get more serious with his roles, literally.
Aleister Arcane hasn't been assigned a release date yet, but we'll keep you updated on its progress as more information comes in.