Steve Carell Set to Play Real-Life Killer
2:20 pm, September 30th, 2011
Steve Carell is set to play John du Pont, the mentally ill heir to a chemical fortune who killed his friend, an Olympic wrestler.
The movie, Foxcatcher, is being developed by Capote director Bennett Miller.
While comedian Carell has done drama before, the role would be his biggest departure from type yet.
Believed to have been a paranoid schizophrenic, du Pont built a wrestling training facility on his estate in Pennsylvania, where he ultimately shot and killed gold medalist David Schultz in 1996.
He was taken into custody after a two-day standoff with police.
Authorities never established a motive for the shocking crime, witnessed by Schultz’s wife.
Du Pont was convicted of third-degree murder and died in prison last year at 72.
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