Steve Carell has landed another post-Office gig. The actor will star as the lead in the Mandate Pictures Production of Dogs of Babel. It’s an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Carolyn Parkhurst. The film will be a change of pace for Carell, who’s known for his comedic performances. The subject matter is darker and centers on life and death.
The story follows Paul Iverson, a linguistics professor, who returns home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard. Police rule her death an accident, but Paul is not quite sure. The only witness to her death is their dog Lorelei. In Paul’s grief-stricken search for answers, he endeavors to teach Lorelei to talk in the hopes that he can uncover what happened the day his wife died.
The screenplay will be adapted by Jamie Linden. David Heyman, who serves as one of the producers on the film, had nothing but good things to say about Carell’s dramatic potential.
“Steve is one of those rare talents who can make you laugh uncontrollably and at the same time evoke real emotion. We can’t wait to see how he brings the role to life.”
What do you think of Carell starring in Dogs of Babel? Do you think he can pull off drama?