ByMark Newton, writer at Creators.co
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Mark Newton

Steve Carell is positively unrecognizable in the first clip for Foxcatcher - an upcoming real life crime thriller also starring Channing Taum and directed by Capote and Moneyball helmer, Bennett Miller.

Carell plays John du Pont, a wealthy Olympic wrestling coach, philanthropist and, eventually, murderer who becomes involved in the relationship between two brother wrestlers at his Foxcatcher gym. The film recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, however it will not be arriving in theaters until November 2014 - just in time for Oscar season. Check out the clip below:

It's certainly interesting to see Carell take on new dramatic roles. It's hard to think that this is the same guy who appeared in Anchorman 2 rolling around the floor and screaming. If the rest of the film is as impressive as this clip suggests, I'm fairly confident Carell's name will be included beside Robin Williams and Jim Carrey as great comedians who also deliver incredible dramatic performances. Perhaps there's even Oscar glory on the horizon?

To find out more about [Foxcatcher](movie:264060), check out the trailer and a review here, while a lengthy synopsis is below:

When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont's majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont's mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont's erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete's already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack, knowing that these are things even his money cannot buy. Fueled by du Pont's increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.

What do you think? Do you think Steve Carell could grab at least an Oscar nomination for this role?

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