With Steve Carell set to depart from The Office in the next few weeks, there are two major questions floating in the ether: 1) who will they get to replace Carell as the new boss and 2) what will Carell do next? Already a solid box office draw, the expectation is that he'll focus on his movie career. He already has a few titles lined up, including Imagine, Burt Wonderstone and more, but his new project goes in a much different direction than both of those projects.

A press release has been sent out announcing that Carell is set to star in Dogs of Babel, a drama based on the book by Carolyn Parkhurst. In the film Carell will play Paul Iverson, a professor who arrives home one day to discover that his wife has died in the backyard. Refusing to believe that it's an accident, Paul decides he has only one course of action: teach his dog, who is the only one that witnessed his wife's death, to talk. Jamie Linden, who wrote We Are Marshall and Dear John, has adapted the book and the project is currently searching for a director.

This, of course, isn't the first time that Carell has decided to tread into darker waters, having previously played a suicidal, gay Proust scholar in Little Miss Sunshine and a advice columnist that can't keep his own life in order in Dan In Real Life. I always like it when comedic actors challenge themselves with these kinds of roles a la Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love and Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It shows that they actually care about their craft and that truly cannot be said about every working actor.

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