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Jim Carrey finds "The Beaver" to his liking
"The Beaver" is a screenplay that has had Hollywood executives in a tizzy ever since it topped the industry's influential Black List. The quirky dramedy centers on a man and his relationship with a beaver puppet he wears on his arm which he treats as a real person. At one point Jay Roach ("Austin Powers") and Steve Carell were attached to the project as director and star, but now The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Jim Carrey is the leading candidate to try and pull the risky project off.
The independently produced film would like to shoot this year and there are a number of directorial candidates being considered including Jodie Foster.
As for Carrey, one potential stumbling block to his participation is that he's already committed to play Curly in the Farrelly brothers version of "The Three Stooges" this fall. At the same time, he'll be back on the big screen in Walt Disney's motion-capture animated revisiting of "A Christmas Carol." His last indie, "I Love You Philip Morris" is still without a U.S. distributor four months after its Sundance Film Festival debut.