Steve Carell has been offered the lead role in “Moneyball” helmer Bennett Miller’s true crime drama “Foxcatcher” says The Press Association.
Carell has been asked to play schizophrenic murderer John du Pont, the heir to the du Pont chemical fortune who built a wrestling gym called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate.
In 1996, he shot and killed his close friend, Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz, at the training centre. After the murder, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days while he negotiated with police on the telephone.
A motive for the crime was never established, and du Pont himself died last year in a Pennsylvania prison at the age of 72. E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (“Capote”) penned the script.