Here are two big casting notes to finish up our busy Monday morning of trade news (and stick around, this afternoon, Seth will report on NBC’s upfronts with news on “Chuck,” and other possibly returning, not returning NBC shows, and Dan returns with the latest “Lost” recap).
The first big name is Jim Carrey. He is negotiating to take over the lead role recently vacated in The Beaver by Steve Carrel, a movie that also had Jay Roach attached to direct (he, too, has dropped out). Kyle Killen’s script for the movie — which centers on the relationship between a man and a beaver puppet he wears on his arm, which he talks to and treats as a companion — was last year’s Black List winner (i.e., the best unproduced screenplay). It is described as a cross between Being John Malcovich and Lars and the Real Girl, which suggests that Jim Carrey would play himself, as a man in a relationship with his arm beaver. Interesting. No director has been hired yet, but apparently Jodie Foster is in the running.
The other casting tidbit is about Dwayne Johnson. We’ve talked about McG’s remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the past, hoping we could take McG into replacing the giant squid with a giant Godtopus. That seems unlikely, but what does seem likely is that The Rock will be in it. He has been attached to the film, according to Production Weekly. He seems ill-suited to the role of Captain Nemo, but he could be cast as Ned, who is recruited to hunt down the beast.