Zach Galifianakis to Star in Gay Rights Drama & Follows These 11 Comedians Gone Serious

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Zach Galifianakis and Julianne Moore have just been confirmed to star alongside Ellen Page in the gay rights drama Freeheld. Based on a true story, the film follows Stacie Andree (Page) and Detective Laurel Hester (Moore) and their struggle to transfer pension benefits when Laurel becomes terminally ill. Galifianakis will play Steven Goldstein, a local gay rights activist.

Both Page and Moore have been able to jump between comedic and dramatic roles throughout the course of their careers, but Freeheld will be somewhat of a first for Galifianakis. The nervous and absurdist comedian is best known for The Hangover franchise and his delightfully uncomfortable stand-up and web series, however, I wouldn’t call his place in this film in any way miscast. Part of what makes his humor so accessible is that there’s a real heart to it and Galifianakis is always attached and committed to whatever he is doing.

In what may be a breakout performance for the actor, he joins the ranks of these fellow comedians who successfully transformed into dramatic roles. Take a look.

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