Peter Sollett’s upcoming drama Freeheld is switching out one comedian for another, as Steve Carell is set to take over for a role previously filled by Zach Galifiankis.
Deadline reports that Carell will play Steven Goldstein in the film, which is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name. The documentary follows Laurel Hester’s battle against the New Jersey’s Domestic Partnership Act. Hester sought to amend the act in an effort to grant pension benefits to her domestic partner Stacie Andree. Carell’s character Goldstein, founder of the civil rights organization Garden State Equality, was a proponent for the cause.
The film also stars Ellen Page and Carell’s former Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Julianne Moore. Freeheld has no release date yet, but Carell can next be seen taking a more dramatic turn in the buzzed-about Foxcatcher.