Zach Galifianakis Replacing Jim Carrey in 'Loomis Fargo' Comedy Heist
Over the summer, we learned that Owen Wilson was being lined up to join Jim Carrey in a heist comedy called Loomis Fargo (currently untitled). However, as has become the case with many projects that get the star of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Dumb & Dumber involved, Carrey is no longer attached to the film. Instead, The Wrap has learned that Zach Galifianakis is in final talks to take the role opposite Wilson in the Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directed film about four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing $17 million from an armored truck.
When Carrey was attached, he was set to play Dave Ghantt, a military veteran and night guard at the armored car company Loomis Fargo, who served as the ringleader of the band of thieves. However, once the money has been stolen, the rest of the team double crosses him and leaves him alone on the run in Mexico, kicking off a plan of revenge. So Galifianakis is now the leading man in that role with Wilson being part of his thief team. The breakout star of The Hangover trilogy just worked with Wilson in the indie comedy You Are Here from "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, so the two must have enjoyed working with each other.
The script comes Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer (writers of the "Napoleon Dynamite" series) based on an original screenplay from "Up All Night" creator and former "Saturday Night Live" writer Emily Spivey with a rewrite from Danny McBride and Jody Hill (who are also executive producing). And Lorne Michaels ("SNL") is also producing, so maybe some of the show's cast will pop up in small roles (Taran Killam could use a nice big screen role, and he could do it while the show is on hiatus). Anyway, production is slated to begin next summer in North Carolina. Stay tuned for more.