Jim Carrey to headline 'Ricky Stanicky'

A couple of years ago after turning heads in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, James Franco became attached to a number of projects, one of which was a comedy titled Ricky Stanicky. The project has floundered in limbo ever since, and Franco has moved on to what has become a prolific career in front of and behind the camera. But the film is far from dead, and Summit Entertainment is ready to move forward on it with the suddenly red-hot Jim Carrey taking the lead.

Reportedly having mulled it over for more than a year, Carrey has decided to take the title role in the film, which is based on a Black List approved script by Jeff Bushnell. Carrey will have some familiar company joining him as Steve Oedekerk, who wrote and directed Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, will helm the picture and take a pass at the screenplay. The story follows a group offriends who invent an imaginary buddy named Ricky Stanicky who becomes the scapegoat for all of their antics. For more than twenty years they use Stanicky as an excuse to get out of trouble, or to just get away from their spouses for awhile, until their wives insist on meeting him. Rather than expose their deception, they hire an unemployed actor to play Stanicky.

After Franco departed, Joaquin Phoenix circled the film for awhile until Carrey entered the picture. It sounds like a perfect opportunity for Carrey to create another of his many outlandish characters. He's been on a roll of late, making a comeback in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and this summer's Kick-Ass 2. Carrey's even making headlines on the political front, having stirred up a hornet's nest with a Funny or Die video mocking the NRA and its former head, Charlton Heston. I thought it was friggin' hilarious, personally, and his Sam Elliott spot on.