Ty Burrell Is Ready to Make 'The Switch'

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Even a "Family" man can fall into a life of crime.

Ty Burrell will be spending his break from ABC's "Modern Family" with the likes of Elmore Leonard as he's signed on for a role in "The Switch," according to Variety.

"The Switch" serves as a prequel to "Rum Punch," the Leonard novel that Quentin Tarantino adapted as "Jackie Brown" back in 1997. The film, which takes place 15 years before the events of "Jackie Brown," stars Mos Def and John Hawkes as Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara (previously played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro in Tarantino's film), career criminals who team up to kidnap Mickey Dawson, the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer.

Ty Burrell will play the role of Marshall Taylor, a married man who harbors a crush on Mickey and spends most of the film in a moral dilemma after witnessing her kidnapping.

Burrell is probably best known for his role as the rather eccentric Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family" but has quite the eclectic film resume as well, having appeared in "Morning Glory," "Fair Game," "The Incredible Hulk" and was perhaps the most insufferable member of the survivor ensemble of Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" remake. He also appears with David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga and Keri Russell in "Goats," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

Production on "The Switch" is scheduled to commence in May under the direction of Dan Schecter ("Supporting Characters"), who also adapted the screenplay. Unlike Tarantino, he's keeping the original title of Elmore Leonard's novel and won't be renaming it "Mickey Dawson" or something or other.