By Will Ashton
Of all the upcoming releases for the rest of 2013, one that I am most eager to see is Bennett Miller’s (Capote, Moneyball) third narrative feature, Foxcatcher.
Starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall, the film tells the story of two Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers (Tatum and Ruffalo) whose relationship with John du Pont, heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune, leads to dangerous outcomes.
While it was assumed that the film would be released in the middle of awards season for 2013, the fact that no word was coming out about the film’s release had some speculating that the movie would not, in fact, be coming out this year. But today, Sony Picture Classics announced in a press release that they will be giving the film a December 20 release, which does put the movie into awards season after all.
Miller had the following to say in the press release:
“I’ve been discussing Foxcatcher with Michael [Barker] and Tom [Bernard] since I began researching the story in 2005 and it’s always been my hope and expectation that they would distribute the film. Their passion and understanding of what Foxcatcher could be and their ability to market unique and complex films makes SPC the ideal home for me. They were great partners on Capote, and I’m thrilled to be back with SPC.”
I’m very excited to see the movie, as I really enjoyed Miller’s last two movies and am interested to see the cast, particularly Carrell in a dramatic role. While we did get a taste of his more dramatic chops in this year’s The Way, Way Back, as well as Crazy, Stupid, Love and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World before it, this role sounds like quite a departure from anything the actor has done before. Plus, the movie was shot in Pittsburgh, which never hurts.