New Line Wants to Pair Jim Carrey With Steve Carell in ‘Burt Wonderstone’

The studio has offered the comedian the role, but negotiations are still pending

Last Updated: December 20, 2011 @ 10:30 AM

New Line has offered Jim Carrey a role in its comedy "Burt Wonderstone," but the two sides haven't started talking money yet, TheWrap has learned.

Steve Carell has been attached to the project for more than a year.

The movie's about a successful Las Vegas magician whose partner dies in a risky stunt. The magician — Burt Wonderstone (played by Carell) — has to rediscover his love for magic and defeat a rival magician.

Carrey and Carell have worked together several times, including on one episode of "The Office." Carell had a role in Carey's 2003 "Bruce Almighty" and in the animated 2008 "Horton Hears a Who!"

Don Scardino, who has directed more than 70 episodes of "30 Rock" and many episodes of "Law and Order," "Hope & Faith" and others, is directing.

Jason Reitman wrote the most recent version of the script.

Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Tyler Mitchell and Jake Weiner are producing.

Deadline Hollywood first reported this news.

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