Bill Murray and circus freaks: some marriages are made in Hollywood heaven.

Yes, according to Production Weekly, deadpan thespian Bill Murray will be bringing his particular brand of quirk to the seedy world of the circus sideshow as he has agreed to co-star in 'Passion Play.' The film marks a reunion for Murray, who will be re-teaming with 'Scrooged' writer Mitch Glazer.

That film, of course, was an unexpected hit and has gone on to become a beloved holiday classic. But where 'Scrooged' drew inspiration from the timeless Charles Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol,' 'Passion Play' instead turns to a less likely muse: Mickey Rourke, who, hot off his turns in the acclaimed 'The Wrestler' and upcoming presumed blockbuster 'Iron Man 2' will star opposite fellow buzz magnet Megan Fox as a trumpet player who rescues a winged circus freak from big top imprisonment.
Bill Murray and circus freaks: some marriages are made in Hollywood heaven.

Yes, according to Production Weekly, deadpan thespian Bill Murray will be bringing his particular brand of quirk to the seedy world of the circus sideshow as he has agreed to co-star in 'Passion Play.' The film marks a reunion for Murray, who will be re-teaming with 'Scrooged' writer Mitch Glazer.

That film, of course, was an unexpected hit and has gone on to become a beloved holiday classic. But where 'Scrooged' drew inspiration from the timeless Charles Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol,' 'Passion Play' instead turns to a less likely muse: Mickey Rourke, who, hot off his turns in the acclaimed 'The Wrestler' and upcoming presumed blockbuster 'Iron Man 2' will star opposite fellow buzz magnet Megan Fox as a trumpet player who rescues a winged circus freak from big top imprisonment.

So where does Murray fit into the mix? Well, it seems he will play sinister mobster and self-appointed sideshow warden Happy Shannon, a role originally slated to be filled by character actor Toby Kebbell ('Match Point'). The decision to replace Kebbell with Murray, though, certainly amps up the film's potential bizarreness factor even above that of the unlikely Rourke-Fox pairing, which is already giving us disturbing 'Angel Heart' flashbacks.

Whether or not there will be any Lisa Bonet moments in 'Passion Play,' of course, remains to be seen, but if Murray and Glazer's work on 'Scrooged' is any indicator, chances are pretty good that the two will come up with something unexpected. After all, if they can turn a hundred year old story into a modern blockbuster, just imagine what they can do with a tiny car full of clowns.

'Passion Play' is currently filming and is tentatively slated for release later this year.
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