05/12/2011 10:20 am ET | Updated Jul 12, 2011

Eric Stonestreet In 'The Loft': 'Modern Family' Star Set For Edgy Indie Drama

He's an Emmy winner for his hilarious role in "Modern Family," but Eric Stonestreet isn't just relying on his comedic chops. While he'll bring the laughs to big screen this summer in "Bad Teacher" and then again in November in "The Muppets," the guy who plays a clown school graduate is also now set to go to much darker place.

Variety reports that Stonestreet is wrapping up a deal to join the cast of "The Loft," an American remake of a Belgian film that will be rewritten by "A Nightmare on Elm St." writer Wesley Strick. Stonestreet will play one of five men who brings his mistress to a loft, where a dead body is discovered and accusations begin to fly.

James Marsden, Wentworth Miller and Patrick Wilson have also joined the cast, leaving one more star to sign on.

On TV, Stonestreet has performed as a guest star in a number of police procedural shows, such as "Bones" and "NCIS"; he had a recurring role on "CSI" as Ronnie Litre, a questioned documents examiner. He has a drama reel on his website, exhibiting his range on the darker side of show business.

Notably, he also has a dog named Coleman Hawkins.