May 29, 2017

Steve Carell starring in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” follow up

By Sean O’Connell Several eyes are on Bennett Miller, now that his “Moneyball” is attracting all types of awards attentions. Miller, after all, arrived on the scene with the respected “Capote” – earning Philip Seymour Hoffman his first Oscar for a powerful performance – and now with “Moneyball,” he’s revealed himself as a filmmaker worth following.

It sounds like Steve Carell will team with Miller for his “Moneyball” follow up. Titled “Foxcatcher,” it recounts the true story of the murder of an Olympic wrestler, Variety reports.

According to the trade, “A paranoid schizophrenic and heir to the du Pont chemical fortune, John du Pont built a wrestling training facility called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate, where in 1996, he shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz.”

Du Pont died last year in a Pennsylvania prison without ever revealing the motive for his crime. The film also reunites Miller with his “Capote” screenwriter Dan Futterman.

If Carell plays Du Pont, as expected, this would be a complete departure for a comedian who, no doubt, has shown range in dramedys like “Dan In Real Life” and even this summer’s “Crazy Stupid Love.”

Filming on “Foxcatcher” is expected to start in March.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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