Steve Carell is reuniting with “Crazy, Stupid, Love” co-star Julianne Moore in the upcoming gay rights drama “Freeheld.” As deadline reported on Tuesday, Carell is replacing Zach Galifianakis in the Peter Sollett-directed film based on the 2007 documentary about lesbian couple Laurel Hester (Moore) and Stacie Ardeen (Ellen Page) who fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which extends pension benefits to domestic partner of all New Jersey public employees.
Carell will take over the supporting role of Steven Goldstein, the founder of the civil right organization Garden State Equality. In the film Goldstein is a passionate supporter and proponent for the cause fought by Laurel Hester to assure her partner Stacie Andree is granted pension benefits after she becomes terminally ill. The film follows Hester and Ardeen’s emotional battle to attain equal rights.
Galifianakis dropped out of the film to due scheduling conflicts, which opened up the role for Carell. Although the “Foxcather” star is just as busy as Galifianakis, he was able to find a spot in his schedule to fill the role. Ellen Page, Kelly Bush, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, James D. Stern, Richard Fischoff, Duncan Mongomery, Jack Selby, Duncan Montgomery, and Cynthia Wade. Ron Nyswaner, the writer behind the groundbreaking film “Philadelphia”, wrote the script. There is no release date, but the project is shaping up to be an important film during a time when the fight for gay and equal rights is at its height.