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Carrey Plays Number 23

Published September 21, 2005 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage
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Jim Carrey is one of those actors that doesn't seem to do enough films. Proving to audiences that he can handle drama just as well as comedy in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [review here], we should see Carrey in a full slate of films for the next few years. But no, he seems to rather take his projects one at a time, or should we say one a year. Therefore, any time Carrey jumps on a new project it is big news.

The Number 23 Wants Carrey

According to Variety, Jim Carrey and director Joel Schumacher are negotiating to team on The Number 23, a Fernley Phillips-scripted New Line drama. Carrey will play a man who becomes obsessed and haunted upon reading a book that seems to be about his life but ends with a murder. The number 23 is woven throughout the plot.

The arrival of Carrey marks the second attempt by Joel Schumacher to get The Number 23 off the ground.

Carrey, who just finished Fun with Dick and Jane and Schumacher, who has to now wait for a new script for The Crowded Room, both were able to find free time in their schedules to make The Number 23 their next assignment.

Jim Carrey has had previous experience with both Schumacher and New Line Cinema before. He played the Riddler for Schumacher in Batman Forever and separate characters in Mask and Dumb and Dumber for New Line Cinema. Nevermind the fact that Schumacher represented an, uhh, interesting switch to the formula of the Batman film franchise and these two may just crank out something spectacular.

Jim Carrey will fit in The Number 23 before joining up with Ben Stiller and Jay Roach to create the comedy film Used Guys.

Stay tuned for updates.

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