Relativity Media has announced that Jim Carrey will star in the heist comedy LOOMIS FARGO for director Jared Hess. The film is based on the amusing "hillbilly heist" of a Charlotte, North Carolina bank in 1997, which ended in lengthy jail sentences for all of the involved parties. On the surface, it looks like the familiar tale of a bunch of rubes ineptly trying to pull off the perfect crime, but if you read up on the story, you'll find there's a pathetic, unrequited romance at its core. As far as I'm concerned, you can't do much better than Carrey as the sad-sack armored car driver who gets strung along by the girl of his dreams.
There's no word on how closely screenwriters Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer will follow the real-life story, but I trust Hess to go for something somewhat unconventional here. Mostly, I'm excited to see Carrey play a desperate, slightly unhinged dreamer. He's at his best in character-driven films like this.
Here's the plot summary from the press release:
Inspired by true events, LOOMIS FARGO tells the story of a disgruntled bank employee who is ready to take a chance and risk it all for love, money, and a life he’s only dreamed of. Teaming up with his work crush, they conspire to rob the financial institution. Together with their accomplices, the inexperienced criminals nab nearly $20 million – leaving a trail of evidence in their wake. Now the only thing tougher than pulling off the heist – will be getting away with it.