Jim Carrey Adopts French Accent

Actor Jim Carrey has joined the $13 million comedy Pierre Pierre. The film is a politically incorrect story about a self-indulgent French nihilist who moves a stolen painting from Paris to London.

Jason Reitman, the Oscar-nominated director of 2007’s breakout hit Juno, is attached to direct, according to trade papers Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

The script for Pierre Pierre, written by Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton, set off a bidding war in Hollywood before being purchased by Twentieth Century Fox specialty division Fox Atomic for $1 million.

Carrey, who is currently shooting A Christmas Carol for director Robert Zemeckis, will next appear–by voice only–in the animated version of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!. The film also features the voices of Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will ArnettDane Cook and Isla Fisher, among others.

After that, he’ll star in Yes Man, from The Break-Up director Peyton Reed. In the film, Carrey plays a man who has challenged himself to say yes to everything for a year. Zooey DeschanelDanny Masterson and Terence Stamp also star.

As for Reitman, he will next produce the cheerleader-from-hell comedy-thriller Jennifer’s Body, which Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) is directing. The script for Jennifer’s Body was written by Juno’s Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.