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Straw Dogs Redux Casting News

Straw Dogs Redux Casting NewsMuch to the chagrin of many Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 film Straw Dogs (based upon the book The Siege at Trencher’s Farm by Gordon Williams) is getting itself a Hollywood make-over. Can director Rod Lurie capture the essence of the original masterpiece and successfully update it for our times? Well the jury is still out, but the cast is shaping up nicely.

Variety reports that Kate Bosworth and “True Blood”‘s Alexander Skarsgard (pictured right) have both signed on to join the previously announced James Marsden in this epic-sized endeavor.

“Marsden plays a Hollywood screenwriter who relocates with his wife to her hometown in Mississippi. Bosworth plays the wife, who left the South for LA to become an actress and returns home so her husband can finish his script in quiet. Skarsgard plays her high school boyfriend, an ex-football hero who sees the return of his former girlfriend as a way to reclaim glory.”

Look for more on this one soon, and for the love of God keep your fingers crossed. At the very least Platinum Dunes isn’t involved, although I think their patented faux-gritty feeling would be right at home here.

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3 Comments

  1. A way to “reclaim glory?”

    So… is this the studio’s nice way of being cagy about telling us that the character is about to open up a boxload of Bosworth rape?

    Anyway, Lurie’s a good director, but remaking a film that was such a distinctive, artistic, directorial vision is a colossally bad idea.

    • I agree. I’m not going to change my stance on remakes but I just don’t see this having the same impact as it did in the 70’s because it’ll be diluted so what’s really the point? It’s not like Straw Dogs is a marquee title that will bring in the teens. From a financial standpoint I can see why we’ve had the remakes we’ve had, but I just don’t see an adult drama with ultra violence in it, making much bank.

  2. The plot sounds terrible. I’m all for remakes, but when you read that synopsis, it sounds like Dawson’s Creek.

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