Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Steve Carell Steps Into "Freeheld" Role

Deadline reports that Steve Carell is set to replace Zach Galifianakis in the feature adaptation of the 2007 Oscar-winning documentary short "Freeheld".

 Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia") wrote the script where Ellen Page will play Stacie Andree, a woman denied the pension benefits of her terminally ill longtime partner and New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore). Hester’s conservative detective partner Dane Wells stepped up to become the leader in the fight for Laurel’s rights to assign her benefits to Andree.

 Galifianakis dropped out his chance to play equality activist Steven Goldstein due to scheduling conflicts.

 Peter Sollett ("Raising Victor Vargas," "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist") is set to direct.

Jack Selby, Scott Stone, Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, Kelly Bush, Kristina Sorensen, James Stern and Cynthia Wade will produce.

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