THR is bringing us some news in the casting department, with the update that Everybody Loves Raymond actor Brad Garrett is currently in talks to join Burt Wonderstone with Steve Carell. His part sounds like a rather small one — “Carrell’s accountant, whom he fires.” I’d be willing to bet that’s the entire extent of the role.
The actual plot follows “a more traditional magic man (Carell) who is dethroned by a hipper illusionist (Carrey) doing dangerous tricks and breaks up with his partner then must find a way to rediscover his love for magic.” Somewhere along the line, he realizes that an accountant isn’t of great importance.
Very mild snark aside, Wonderstone‘s cast is a rather nice one — Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, and Olivia Wilde all on board the project, which Don Scardino is directing. Shooting on this one will kick off in January, so I’m expecting an early-to-mid-2013 release date.
Ariel Vromen‘s been having some issues with casting on The Iceman, but, thankfully for him, this latest adjustment isn’t on par with losing James Franco. As Deadline reports, Winona Ryder will be replacing Maggie Gyllenhaal as Deborah Kuklinski, the wife of Michael Shannon‘s Richard Kuklinski. Better known as “The Iceman,” the film’s main subject was a contract killer responsible for more than 200 deaths; many of those will be portrayed onscreen with Shannon‘s wide-eyed, glaring intensity. Reasons for the departure aren’t available — I’m just guessing that a schedule got in the way — but I can’t say I’m particularly affected by the change.
The film, which is based on Anthony Bruno‘s The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, is also set to star Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, and David Schwimmer, and will begin production next month.
Will Ryder make a good substitute for Gyllenhaal? Are there any thoughts on the addition of Garret to Wonderstone?
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