David Alan Grier is trading comedy for drama.

The actor — best known for his roles on “In Living Color” and “DAG” — has joined the cast of the indie drama “Sprinter.”

The story follows Akeem, a 17-year-old Rastafarian teenager and track athlete. His goal is to qualify for the national youth team and go to the World Youth Championships in Philadelphia. There, Akeem hopes reunite with his mother, who’s been living in Philly illegally for 10 years. But once he gets there, he realizes that dream isn’t necessarily shared.

Grier will play Akeem’s track and field coach in the film.

The actor can currently be seen on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show.” He is repped by Innovative Artists, Roar and Ziffren Bittenham.

Storm Saulter is writing and directing with Overbrook Entertainment producing.