Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Bruce Willis had parted ways with the 2016 Untitled Woody Allen Comedy, just days after he was spotted shooting scenes on the set in Los Angeles. Today we have word from Deadline that Steve Carell has signed on to replace him. The casting keeps the production on schedule, with filming also set to take place in New York after the L.A. shoot wraps.
We reported in March that Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg were the first three cast members to sign on for this untitled comedy movie. Bruce Willis reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with his Broadway stage play adaptation of Misery. However, there have been persisting rumors that claim the actor was actually fired by Woody Allen, because he didn't think he was right for the role.Read More
Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for The Big Short, with Christian Bale (American Hustle, The Dark Knight trilogy), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Ryan Gosling (Drive, Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Brad Pitt (Fury, World War Z) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the Anchorman films, The Other Guys). The film also stars Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River) and Marisa Tomei (Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Wrestler).
The film's screenplay is written by McKay, from a script by Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs), based on Michael Lewis' bestselling non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The Big Short is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to "short" the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.Read More
Fox Searchlight Pictures has just entered the race to make a movie about Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King's infamous 1973 tennis match, with Steve Carell and Emma Stone signing on to play the tennis pros in Battle of the Sexes. There are currently two other projects about this match in development, Chernin Entertainment's Match Maker, starring Will Ferrell as Riggs and an untitled project from Playtone that has Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks set to star. Fox Searchlight is aiming to release Battle of the Sexes in 2016, with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) directing from a script by Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
The 1973 match between the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, a former Wimbledon champ, and 29-year-old Billie Jean King, then the #2 ranked female tennis player in the world, became a nationwide sensation, drawing in the highest TV ratings since the Moon landing in 1969. The movie will be crafted as a comedy with dramatic and political overtones, much in the same vein as Little Miss Sunshine. While both players became representatives for their respective genders, the match came at a time where they were still trying to figure out their place in the world, under the harsh glare of the media spotlight. Simon Beaufoy has been working on the script for several years, with the cooperation of Billie Jean King herself. Bobby Riggs passed away in 1995.Read More
Following the final trailer released two weeks ago, Sony Pictures Classics has debuted a new theatrical poster for Foxcatcher, featuring all three stars, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.
It remains to be seen if this talented trio will be able to secure Oscar nominations for director Bennett Miller's drama based on a true story, but the buzz leading up to the November 14 release indicates that may be possible. Steve Carell stars as John du Pont, the heir to the du Pont chemical fortune, who invites Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to help form a team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, as Mark tries to escape the shadow of his brother, Olympic legend Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo).Read More
Following his more dramatic and award-worthy turn in Foxcatcher, comedic actor Steve Carell will continue to play it straight in an untitled Paranoia thriller for Pirates of The Caribbean and The Lone Ranger director Gore Verbinski.
No story details have been released for the project as of yet.Read More
Steve Carell is attached to star in Warner Bros.' Untitled ACME Warehouse Project, centering on the company featured in the Looney Tunes cartoon shorts.
No specific plot details have been revealed, but the Acme Corporation's products are used in the Looney Tunes shorts, most often by Wile E. Coyote, in his pursuit of the Road Runner. This movie will not focus on any of the Looney Tunes characters, and is being planned as a CGI/live-action hybrid. The project has been in development since 2010, when Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie) sold their original pitch to Warner Bros.Read More
Steve Carell is replacing Zach Galifianakis in Peter Sollett's drama Freeheld. Zach Galifianakis had to leave due to scheduling conflicts.
Freeheld is based on the 2007 documentary about Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. The pair fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which gives pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees. The project stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. Steve Carell will be portraying Steven Goldstein, an advocate for Garden State Equality.Read More