Steve Carell Goes Crazy for Dave Barry's 'Lunatics'

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Steve Carell has built a career out of playing some less-than-average characters, but his latest film role has him turning into a real head case.

Collider reports that Carell has signed on to star as Philip Horkman, a pet store owner and soccer ref, in "Lunatics," the film adaptation of Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel's novel of the same name.

The movie tells the story of two soccer dads who find themselves at the center of escalating insanity when they cross paths, not limited to running from the law, the government, and a guy in a Chuck E. Cheese costume.

Carell has been keeping busy since leaving "The Office," with roles in "Burt Wonderstone," "Dogs of Babel," "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," "Foxcatcher" and "Despicable Me 2" all lined up for the next few years.

"Lunatics" is being produced by Carell and his partners at Carousel Productions.