Steve Carell is one of his generation’s great comedic actors, but he keeps trying to make his fans forget that by moving into juicier, more dramatic fare. Case in point: he’s teaming up with Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, the creative team behind The Americans for a new psychological thriller called The Patient.
The premise would chill even Prison Mike’s bones. Carell will play a recently widowed psychiatrist who gets kidnapped by a serial killer who wants Carell’s character to cure his urge to murder. Not a bad hook, as these things go, and Weisberg has proved extremely adept with taut drama given The Americans‘ six seasons of endless nail biters. The role of the killer hasn’t been cast yet but the right actor could make this one a pretty fascinating drama.
Carell’s been keeping busy with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon over at The Morning Show, where he’s honing his dramatic chops. There’s no date on The Patient yet but we’ll be keeping an eye out for it.