Ty Burrell has won huge praise and an Emmy for Modern Family, but he’s yet to make much of an impact on the big screen – and that’s despite popping up in film as diverse as The Incredible Hulk and National Treasure 2.
Now he’s booked a new movie role, which will hopefully help his film career, as Variety reports he’ll appear in Switch, based on Elmore Leonard’s prequel to Jackie Brown. And in the movie, he’s going to have a major man-crush.
News of the movie first surfaced last week when John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) took the lead roles. The story is set 15 years before the events of Jackie Brown, and follows Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes) – played by Samuel L. Jackson & Robert De Niro in Jackie Brown – as they try to kidnap Mickey Dawson, the wife of a crooked Detroit real estate magnate.
Burrell is set to play Marshall Taylor, a married country club member who has a crush on Mickey and spend much of the story in a moral dilemma after he witnesses the kidnapping.
Daniel Schechter is directing from his own screenplay, which is adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel. Shooting is slated to begin in May.