Cuzoogle has confirmed that funny man Steve Carell has signed on to play the role of ex-NBA ref Tim Donaghy in the low-budget sequel to Two For the Money. Terms have not been disclosed but sources say that money is not the driving force behind Carell’s decision to take on such a controversial role.

“I think there is a story to be told, a story that America needs to know” said the Office star while dining at the Chili’s close to his L.A. pad.

Donaghy, a married, 13-year veteran official with four daughters, is a character that Carell is comparing to his already released movie, Dan In Real Life, where he plays a widower who finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother’s girlfriend.

“They both call the shots in life but at the same time have kept a secret from those around them.”


As for other reasons for the interest in the Donaghy story, Carell acknowledged the ”unique access” provided by the job - including hanging out with NBA refs, the relationships between certain officials and players, and seeing the physical condition of certain players up close. Look for several cameos by NBA superstars and coaches.

The production does not have a title or script at this time but the rumours are swirling around Hollywood that Aaron Sorkin is on the top of the list to pen the script.

No other casting news has been announced but it is well believed that the role of NBA Commisioner David Stern is highly coveted among A-list actors. Movie critics are already creating Oscar buzz that has not been seen since Jennifer Hudson landed on the scene.

Stay tuned for more developments on what could be the movie event of 2008.

This all of course is not true.

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