Now that he's leaving 'The Office' for good, Steve Carell has begun to line up a number of different roles for himself, one of which is an adaptation of Carolyn Parkhurst's debut novel, 'The Dogs of Babel.' The role's a dramatic (literally) departure for the comedic actor, one that has many pundits wondering if this is the actor taking a shot at Oscar gold.

Parkhurst's novel has been hailed as a story "about grieving, self-examination, love, and how complicated people and relationships can be," and the official Amazon editorial review compares it to Alice Slebold's highly touted 'The Lovely Bones.' With praise and comparisons like that, we probably shouldn't be surprised that it's making the jump to the big screen.

The book follows the story of Paul Iverson, a linguistics professor who returns home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard. Police rule her death an accident, but Paul is not quite sure. The only witness to her death is their dog Lorelei. In Paul's grief-stricken search for answers, he endeavors to teach Lorelei to talk in the hopes that he can uncover what happened the day his wife died." You can practically hear the sniffles of viewers already...

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