After a brief spurt dabbling in commendable dramatic efforts such as Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind, Man on the Moon, The Truman Show and more, Jim Carrey has been sticking to the comedic genre as of late. His next project will see him team up with a director who helped launched him into stardom, as THR reports that Carrey has signed on to a new comedy from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls director Steve Oedekerk.

Titled Ricky Stanicky, the Summit project once had James Franco attached, but now Carrey takes the reigns in the story that follows a couple of pals who invented a fake friend they employ when they want to get away from their spouses. They then get called on their BS when the wives insist on meeting Ricky Stanicky at a party they are throwing. The guys hire an actor (Carrey) to play Stanicky. Production is being eyed for this summer, so expect an update on further casting soon.

In other casting news, the western Jane Got a Gun has finally landed its final major role, as Truman Show co-star Noah Emmerich has come aboard the film as Natalie Portman‘s husband. According to Deadline he’ll be playing an outlaw that is in deadly sights of our villain, played by Bradley Cooper. Joined by Joel Edgerton, Emmerich is a long-time collaborator of director Gavin O’Connor, having worked together in Tumbleweeds, Miracle, Pride and Glory, and most recently, Warrior. As production now seems to be going smoothly, expect a 2014 release for the Brian Duffield-scripted film.

Lastly, a press release informs us that Looper‘s Garret Dillahunt, Harry Potter star Tom Felton and Jake Abel of The Host are headed back to World War II. The trio are confirmed for a new drama Ghosts of the Pacific, which sees them star as three Navy flyers cast adrift on the South Pacific in 1942. The film will mark the directorial debut of American Film Co. president Brian Falk. Check out a synopsis below for the film expected to begin production next week.

The story follows the incredible journey of pilot Harold Dixon (Dillahunt), bombardier Tony Pastula (Felton), and radioman Gene Aldrich (Abel) – virtual strangers assigned to a scouting mission on January 16, 1942. When they are forced to ditch their plane, the men are left with no food, water, or supplies; only a 4×8-foot yellow life raft to keep them afloat on a dangerous ocean.

Which of the above projects are you most looking forward to?

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