Steve Carell stars in this week’s big release Battle of the Sexes alongside Emma Stone, and there are plenty more upcoming movies from the actor who has proven he’s more than just a comedic star.
It was his role of John du Pont in the 2014 hit film Foxcatcher that made critics sit up and take him more seriously as an actor, he was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Bafta for his role.
Then since this, he’s taken on a variety of roles, including his one of his most-loved, lending his voice to Gru in the Despicable Me animation franchise.
But he’s back to more gritty and serious roles with Battle of the Sexes this week.
Battle of the Sexes
The film is the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Carell). King and Riggs were on the opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court they were fighting more personal and complex battles.
King was struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, alongside her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.
In cinemas November 24
Last Flag Flying
Set in 2003, Carrell plays a former Navy Corps medic and sees him reunite with friends, played by Bryan Cranstone and Laurence Fishburne, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War. Now they have to bury Carrel's son, a young marine killed in the Iraq war.
Forgoing a burial at Arlington National Cemetery, he wants to take his son home to New Hampshire, and this means a road trup where the friends share memories of the war that had such a huge impact on their lives.
In cinemas January 2018
She Came to Me
Carell is signed on to star alongside Amy Schumer and Nicole Kidman in She Came to Me, the latest film project from writer-director Rebecca Miller.
Plot details haven’t been revealed as of yet, but what we do know is that it's a comedy-drama following two intertwining love sagas.
Backseat sees Christian Bale take on the role of the Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney in the biography. Carrell is co-starring in the film as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Amy Adams willplay Cheney's wife Lynne.
The film will be directed by Adam McKay and also stars Sam Rockwell and Bill Pullman.
Another film on the horizon for Steve Carell is Beautiful Boy, a drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, an adaptation of David Sheff’s 2008 book Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. The memoir describing the author’s son Nic’s methamphetamine addiction and the impact it had on the family.
Joining Carrell on screen is his former The Office on-screen girlfriend Amy Ryan, as well as Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Timothy Hutton and Kaitlyn Dever.
Carrell will play David, Ryan will take on Vicki, Nic’s mother and the ex-wife of David, who was cut out of her son’s life after David won primary custody.
The Women on Marwen
Carell is signed on to star in The Women of Marwen, which is an adaptation of Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary Marwencol.
The documentary tells the story of a man named Mark Hogancamp who was beaten outside a bar and left with permanent brain damage, he also suffered almost complete memory loss after a nine-day coma. His family was unable to afford the proper rehab, but this opened Hogancamp up to a different kind of therapy, exploration of his imagination. This included the creation of Marwencol, a 1/6 scale World War II-era Belgian town. Hogancamp was including people from his own life as characters within the town.
Minecraft: The Movie
Based on the game in which players create avatars that use cubes to make whatever environment they can imagine in a virtual world, Minecraft is coming to the big screen in 2019 with Steve Carell set to star. He must build a world of his own, but fight monsters along the way.
Get Smart 2
Carell is also said to still be working on the script for the action comedy sequel Get Smart 2, he’s also in line to produce the film and will no doubt be back in the starring role too.