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Recently we told you that Tron Legacy beauty Olivia Wilde sat atop a short list of actresses contending to play the female interest in Burt Wonderstone, a comedy about feuding Las Vegas magicians starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. Today we’re learning she got the role.
Wilde, seen over the summer in Cowboys & Aliens and The Change Up, has been cast as Carell’s love interest, his former assistant who eventually goes to work for Carrey’s up-and-coming illusionist, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But she’s not the only casting note. THR says James Gandolfini is in negotiations to play a casino owner, while Steve Buscemi has joined the ensemble as Carell’s longtime friend and partner who has quit the magic business. I hope he dies on screen so we can add that clip to his death reel.
People are going to come to Wonderstone to see Carell play off of Carrey, but it’s encouraging that director Don Scardino is going out of his way to surround the comedians with solid character actors and eye candy (I mean Buscemi, of course). Tyler Mitchell came up with the story, though the Wonderstone screenplay is credited to John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. Carell has a pretty solid track list of picking above-average scripts recently, from Crazy Stupid Love to Date Night, which Carrey could use a shot in the arm after Yes Man, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and The Number 23. We’ll see where Wonderstone falls in 2013.
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