Bacon Joins Carell For New Warner Bros. Film

Bacon Joins Carell For New Warner Bros. Film

Kevin Bacon will join Steve Carell in an untitled Dan Fogelman-Steve Carell project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will direct the movie for Warner Bros. Filming will begin in late April.

"The story centers on Carell, whose wife (Julianne Moore) wants a divorce. To salvage their marriage, he uses a slick life coach (Ryan Gosling) to reform him."

Bacon will play a co-worker of Moore's, an alpha male who begins an affair with her. Also set to appear in the film is Emma Stone.

Kevin Bacon has appeared in more than 50 films over the past 30 years, encompassing both mainstream hits and acclaimed independent features. He most recently starred in the thriller Death Sentence and completed filming the HBO feature Taking Chance, the true story of Marine Michael Strobl, a military escort assigned to accompany the body of a soldier killed in Iraq on his journey to his hometown.

Bacon earned a Film Independent's Spirit Award nomination for his performance in the controversial 2004 drama The Woodsman which he also executive produced. He also shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Motion Picture Cast as part of the cast of 2003's Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood. He previously garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Curtis Hanson's 1994 thriller The River Wild. The following year, he received a SAG Award nomination and won a Critics' Choice Award from the Broadcast Film Critics for his work in Murder in the First. In 2000, Bacon became the first honoree of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Young Friends of Film.

A native of Philadelphia, Bacon was the youngest student at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. His early efforts on film included memorable performances in the comedy hits National Lampoon's Animal House and Barry Levinson's Diner. However, it was his starring role in Herbert Ross' smash hit Footloose that propelled Bacon to stardom.

Bacon's long list of film credits also includes John Hughes' She's Having a Baby, Martin Campbell's Criminal Law, Christopher Guest's The Big Picture, Ron Underwood's Tremors, Joel Schumacher's Flatliners, Oliver Stone's JFK, Rob Reiner's A Few Good Men, Barry Levinson's Sleepers, David Koepp's Stir of Echoes, Jay Russel's My Dog Skip, Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man, Luis Mandoki's Trapped and Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies.

In 1996, Bacon made his directorial debut with the Showtime movie Losing Chase, starring Helen Mirren, Beau Bridges and Bacon's wife, Kyra Sedgwick. The film received three Golden Globe Award nomiantions, including Best Motion Picture Made for Television and also screened at the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals. Bacon more recently directed and produced the 2005 feature Loverboy, in which he also appeared with Sedgwick, Campbell Scott, Matt Dillon, Marisa Tomei and Oliver Platt. Bacon has also directed two episodes of Kyra Sedgwick's hit TNT series The Closer.

Bacon's television credits include the movies The Gift, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, the 1984 remake of Mister Roberts and the American Playhouse production of Lanford Wilson's play Lemon Sky, which first teamed him with Sedgwick.

In 2008, Bacon appeared in the big screen adaptation of Frost/Nixon. Bacon portrayed retired military officer (and Nixon's chief of staff after the president left office) Lt. Col. Jack Brennan.

On the stage, Bacon made his Broadway debut in 1983's The Slab Boys with Sean Penn. Three years later, he starred in Joe Orton's acclaimed play Loot. In 2002, Bacon returned to Broadway to star in the one-man show An Almost Holy Picture. His stage work also includes such off-Broadway plays as Album, Poor Little Lambs, Getting Out and Spike Heels.

Teamed with his older brother Michael, Bacon is one half of The Bacon Brothers, a successful band with a sound they describe as Forosoco (a combination of folk, rock, soul and country), which was also the title of their debut CD. The Bacon Brothers have since recorded three more CDs and also released a concert CD. At the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Bacon launched, a new web site that encourages online donations to a variety of worthwhile causes, creating a philanthropic social network.