Steve Carell is going dark, folks. The actor has been set as the lead in Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s long-in-the-works true crime pic Foxcatcher, per Variety. The film tells the true story of John du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic who built a wrestling training facility on his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate where he subsequently shot and killed Olmypic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in 1996. Heir to his family’s chemical fortune, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days after murdering his friend, and spent the time on the phone with negotiators. The authorities were finally able to lure the man out of his house when they shut off his power and heat. E. Max Frye (Band of Brothers) and Dan Futterman, who penned Miller’s debut feature Capote, wrote the script.
Miller is no stranger to the true crime genre, as he expertly captured Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood research in 2005’s Capote. His latest effort, Moneyball, is one flat-out fantastic and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the decidedly strange du Pont story. As for Carell, his comedic talent is undeniable but he’s rarely gotten the chance to delve into drama. He showed promise in Dan in Real Life and Crazy, Stupid, Love., but Foxcatcher is a whole new league of dark. He’s an inspired choice, and I’m eager to see what he and Miller cook up. Production is set to begin in March.