UPDATE: A trade report had Olivia Wilde in negotiations to play the female lead, but I’m told that while this may happen, it hasn’t yet. Judy Greer and Sarah Silverman also made strong impressions, and the filmmakers are waiting to see if Jessica Biel ends up reading for the role. New Line is smartly making the comedy for $30 million, and after Carell and Carrey, that doesn’t leave a fortune for supporting roles. Deadline reported that a short list of actresses were in the mix for the role.
EARLIER, 12:22 PM: New Line wants Steve Buscemi to star opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in the Don Scardino-directed comedy Burt Wonderstone. Buscemi has been offered the role of Anton, the longtime Las Vegas magic act partner of Wonderstone (Carell). Their split sends Wonderstone into a crisis and a collision with a rival magician (Carrey) out to steal his thunder. Buscemi hopes to fit Burt Wonderstone into his hiatus from Boardwalk Empire. If the talks work out, he would make the movie and move right into the third season of the superb HBO drama. He’s repped by WME and The Gotham Group.