Steve Carell seems determined to make his post-TV career more Ashton Kutcher than Michael Richards, with a slew of good film choices, and the decision to have Will Ferrell soften the blow of him leaving The Office“ with a 4 episode arc later this season. Carell will likely continue his smart streak with a role in David Frankel’s Great Hope Springs, where the actor/comedian will play a marriage therapist to a couple (Streep and a yet-to-be-cast actor) whose relationship is on the rocks after 31 years.
Carell’s got more good stuff coming soon. After he shoots Great Hope Springs, he’s got Burt Wonderstone for New Line, and then he’ll star with Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid Love. At this rate, he’ll never wind up onstage at the Laugh Factory yelling racial slurs. If only Kramer got an offer for a Meryl Streep movie back in ’98, everything would be different… (Deadline)