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Carell heads up The Priority List

Steve Carell is set to play a cancer-stricken teacher in The Priority List.

The Despicable Me star will take the lead role in the big-screen adaptation of David Menasche's memoir, The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest To Discover Life's Greatest Lessons.

He would also produce the Warner Bros film through his Carousel Productions company, said The Hollywood Reporter.

The 2014 biography follows the Miami teacher's journey after his diagnosis with brain cancer in 2006, when he was told he had only a few months left to live. Despite extending his life with several surgeries and chemotherapy, his teaching career was ended by a seizure in 2012, which left him partially blind.

David then decided to embark on a cross-country journey to reunite with former students from his 15-year teaching career and come to terms with his illness. During his year-long trek and 101 days on the road, he reconnected with over 75 past pupils and visited 31 cities.

Steve, who voices Gru in the Despicable Me films and was last seen reprising his role as weatherman Brick Tamland in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, will next star in Foxcatcher and Disney's Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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