Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Due Date) has been forced to drop out of the upcoming film Freeheld. Luckily for everyone involved, Steve Carell has stepped in to take his place. According to Deadline, the comedy star backed out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. While Carell is juggling his own busy schedule, he will squeeze the production in between promoting Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day and Foxcatcher.
Freeheld is based on the 2007 documentary focused on Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. The couple fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees. Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil) wrote the adaptation of this moving true story.
The film will star Ellen Page (Juno, Inception), and Julianne Moore (Magnolia, The Big Lebowski), who acted alongside Steve Carell in Crazy, Stupid, Love in 2011. Carell will be playing the role of Steven Goldstein, a passionate supporter and advocate for Garden State Equality.
Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) will be directing the feature film. Kelly Bush Novak, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, James D. Stern, Richard Fischoff, Duncan Montgomery, Jack Selby, Scott G. Stone and Cynthia Wade make up the team of producers. Freeheld is currently in pre-production.