James Gandolfini in Talks to Join Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in BURT WONDERSTONE

     October 29, 2011

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James Gandolfini is headed to Vegas. Variety reports that the Sopranos star is in negotiations to join the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone. The film stars Steve Carell as “half of a once-successful Las Vegas magic duo that must reunite to square off against a hot shot street magician (Carrey) whose tricks are often dangerous.” Gandolfini is eyeing the role of the billionaire owner of the casino where the title character and his partner perform. Just a few days ago we reported that Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Judy Greer, Sarah Silverman, and Jessica Biel were up for the female lead, but Variety’s report says the role is now down to just Wilde and Silverman. Don Scardino (30 Rock) is directing the pic, which was penned by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein with a polish by Jason Reitman. Production is scheduled to star in January, after which Carrey may or may not be returning for a Dumb and Dumber sequel.

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