Jim Carrey is reteaming with his Bruce Almighty/Ace Ventura writer Steve Oedekerk for a new movie. THR reports that Carrey has signed on to star in a comedy called Ricky Stanicky that Oedekerk, who wrote Bruce Almighty and wrote/directed Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, will re-write and direct. Here’s the plot to Ricky Stanicky:
“The script … begins when three teens pull a prank and burn down a house in their neighborhood. They create a fake person to take the blame: Ricky Stanicky. Twenty years later, it turns out the three guys have been using this alibi to get out of every uncomfortable situation in life. When their girlfriends and wives force them to set up a meeting with Stanicky, they hire an out-of-work actor to play the part.”
Carrey is playing the out-of-work actor, a role that James Franco was cast in back in 2010. After Franco dropped out, Joaquin Phoenix briefly circled the part last year. Carrey, who recently starred in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and a Funny or Die video about gun control, will next be seen in this summer’s superhero sequel Kick-Ass 2. After that, he has the long-awaited Dumb and Dumber sequel (titled Dumb and Dumber To) and the Lorne Michaels-produced bank heist comedy Loomis Fargo on the docket. It looks like Ricky Stanicky will be moving ahead of Dumb and Dumber To and Loomis Fargo on his schedule, with production expected to begin this summer. You’ll get what you want someday, Dumb and Dumberheads.