By Darren Franich
Updated September 27, 2010 at 06:05 PM EDT

Image Credit: Donna Ward/Getty ImagesSteve Carell’s career is practically perfect, in the Buddhist all-life-is-a-balance sense. In 2005, the Americanized Office narrowly avoided cancellation just in time to capitalize on his post-40-Year-Old Virgin megastardom. Ever since, Carell has impressively juggled variously-sized film projects: Blockbusters (Get Smart, Despicable Me), a starring role in a Best Picture nominee (Little Miss Sunshine), and a legitimate megaflop (Evan Almighty) that everyone has forgiven him for. Last Thursday, Steve Carell started his last season on The Office, and his post-TV plans are already shaping up: According to Variety, Carell is looking to star in the comedy Burt Wonderstone, in which he’ll play a Las Vegas magician grieving for his deceased magic partner.

If you ask me, it’s exactly the kind of project Carell should be taking on. It’s been a while since Carell’s really had a chance to show off the full range of his acting chops on the big screen: Besides Despicable Me, his last few projects have all been remakes. (Let’s face it: Date Night is just The Out-of-Towners with more guns.) Especially considering all the pathos Carell can bring to a goofball character like Michael Scott, it’ll be interesting to see how Carell modulates his character’s sadness with the inherent ridiculousity of playing a Vegas magician.

PopWatchers, does Burt Wonderstone sound like a good follow-up to The Office? Between Burt Wonderstone, the adaptation of The Abstinence Teacher, and the Ryan Goslin-co-starring Crazy, Stupid, Love, do Carell’s next few movies have great titles, or what?

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The Office

The mockumentary-style sitcom chronicles a group of typical office employees working 9-5 at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

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