Steve Buscemi is in talks to portray Anton, the magician partner of Steve Carell's title character. After Anton is injured during their "Hotbox" trick, he packs up and heads to India to teach magic. Burt Wonderstone tries to convince Anton to return when a new street magician (Jim Carrey) starts turning heads. James Gandolfini also stars as the owner of a casino where Burt and Anton perform. Actresses such as Olivia Wilde and Sarah Silverman are in contention for the female lead, Burt and Anton's assistant.