is in talks to star in the romantic dramedy Bijou
, to be directed by Frank Darabont
(The Shawshank Redemption
, The Green Mile
reports. Set in 1951, the film centers around a blacklisted writer with amnesia who stumbles into a small town and is mistaken for a soldier who died. Carrey's decision to take on a more serious role comes after his latest film, the lowbrow farce Me, Myself & Irene
, performed disappointingly at the box office. He'll next appear in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
, opening Nov. 17.