Jim Carrey will be stealing more than just scenes in his next project. The actor has just entered talks for Loomis Fargo, based on the true story of a $17 million armored car heist that took place in Charlotte, N.C. But don’t let the Fast and the Furious-worthy premise mislead you — the situation’s being played for laughs, with some interesting comedy talent on board. Napoleon Dynamite helmer Jared Hess is directing, from a script that originated with Up All Night creator Emily Spivey. Read more after the jump.

The 1997 incident involved several co-conspirators, some of whom were employees of the Charlotte branch of the Loomis Fargo armored car company. Though the robbery itself went smoothly, the thieves were quickly nabbed thanks in a large part to their suspiciously lavish spending in the days that followed. Variety reports that Carrey is circling the role of ringleader David Ghantt, a war vet turned Loomis Fargo night guard.

The latest draft of the script was penned by Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer, who’ve previously worked with Hess on the short-lived Napoleon Dynamite animated series. Earlier drafts were written by Spivey, Danny McBride, and Jody Hill. Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn are set to produce.

Hess made a big splash with his first feature, 2004′s oddball Napoleon Dynamite, but hasn’t quite been able to recapture that box office magic with his follow-ups Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos. He’s currently developing the family comedy The Pet, for Disney and producer Scott Rudin.

Carrey’s coming off of two family films, A Christmas Carol and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, but has some enticing grown-up fare coming down the pipeline. He’s now shooting a supporting role in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, and will next be seen in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, opposite Steve Carell. Loomis Fargo is tentatively scheduled to shoot next April in North Carolina.

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