According to DeadlineGolden Globe winner Steve Carell has officially signed on to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in Paramount Pictures’ upcoming fantasy comedy film titled IF. The project marks a reunion between Carell and director John Krasinski after eight years since the hit NBC sitcom Office ended its nine-season run. The actor-turned-filmmaker also directed Carell in three episodes of the iconic mockumentary series.
Besides, minari escape Alan Kim, Cailey Fleming (The Walking Dead) and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. (watchmen) have also been cast in undisclosed roles. The film is currently set to arrive in theaters on November 17, 2023.
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IF (formerly titled imaginary friends) will be written and directed by John Krasinski (A silent place movies), based on his original idea about a child’s journey into rediscovering his imagination.
The comedy-fantasy feature will also star Emmy-winning actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Indiana Jones 5) and Harry Potter veterinarian Fiona Shaw, who previously worked together on acclaimed shows Kill Eve and Flea bag.
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The project has been in development since 2019, with Paramount Pictures winning the rights to the project in a bidding war against multiple studios. It will be produced by Krasinski, Allyson Seeger and Andrew Form through their Sunday Night banner, as well as Reynolds for Maximum Effort. George Dewey was also named executive producer through Maximum Effort.