Steve Carell recruited for 'Brigadier Gerard'

Period comedy based on Arthur Conan Doyle stories

Steve Carell could soon be polishing his French accent.

The comic actor has been attached to "The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard," Media Rights Capital's period comedy about a French solider during the Napoleonic wars who is deluded about his level of bravery.

The project, being penned by "King of the Hill" writers John Altshuler and David Krinsky, is based on a series of short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Carell would play Etienne Gerard, a soldier who considers himself a gallant swordsman but whose actual skills often pale in comparison to his own conception of them.

Those familiar with the project said it could be a showcase for the kind of clueless-man comedy practiced by Carell in roles on "The Office" and in "Get Smart."

The Endeavor-repped Carell has a short window in which to shoot his next movie because he essentially would have to shoot it in his spring hiatus from NBC's "The Office."

He is choosing between several feature projects during that hiatus, including "Get Smart 2" for Warner Bros. and "Date Night" for Fox.

Producers are out to directors on the project.