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Carell attached to John du Pont story

Thesp will topline Bennett Miller's 'Moneyball' follow-up

Director Bennett Miller has tapped Steve Carell to star in “Foxcatcher,” the true story of the murder of an Olympic wrestler by du Pont scion John du Pont.

Miller has been developing the project for at least four years. The “Moneyball” helmer will direct from a script by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, who wrote Miller’s debut feature, “Capote.” Miller will also produce with Jon Kilik and Anthony Bregman.

Production is expected to start in March. Project was set up at MRC but is now shopping for a new distrib.

A paranoid schizophrenic and heir to the du Pont chemical fortune, John du Pont built a wrestling training facility called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate, where in 1996, he shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz.

Schultz was a longtime friend of du Pont who had repeatedly tried to help him. Police never established a motive for the crime, which was witnessed by Schultz’s wife and du Pont’s head of security. After the shooting, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days while he negotiated with police on the telephone.

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Du Pont died last year in a Pennsylvania prison at age 72.

Carell just wrapped Lorene Scafaria’s “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” He’s currently filming Sony’s “Great Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.

Carell is repped by WME and Media Four.

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