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.
The cast also includes Jeannie Berlin, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken and Sari Lennick. No plot details were given at this time, as is the case with all of Woody Allen's projects. We likely won't find out the official title until the first trailer is released, sometime next year.
Woody Allen will direct from his own screenplay, with the director's longtime collaborators Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson producing. It isn't known how long the film will be shooting for in L.A. before moving to New York. Woody Allen's next movie, Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, is set for release on July 24 from Sony Pictures Classics.
Steve Carell most recently provided the voice of Gru in the animated movie spinoff Minions, which is still playing in theaters. The film recently passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. That milestone help set a new record for Universal Studios as the only studio to have three $1 billion movies in one year, following Furious 7 and Jurassic World. The actor is also attached to star in Battle of the Sexes, Pyongyang, The Big Short, and Dogs of Babel. What do you think of Steve Carell replacing Bruce Willis?