James Marsden Starring in Straw Dogs

05/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The studio has signed on James Marsden (X-Men) to star in the film, which is being directed by Rod Lurie (Nothing But the Truth, The Last Castle). Back in 2002 Miramax Films hired John Polson to direct Fear Itself, a loose remake of the controversial 1971 drama, from a script by Stuart Blumberg (Keeping the Faith). 1

James Marsden will star in Screen Gems' reimagining of the 1971 thriller "Straw Dogs" being written and directed by Rod Lurie. The new "Straw Dogs" follows Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner (Marsden), who moves with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, leading to a violent confrontation. The original, co-written and directed by Sam Peckinpah, saw Dustin Hoffman in the role of Sumner, with the story set in rural England. The movie offers a change of pace for Marsden, more known for such light fare as "27 Dresses," "Enchanted" and "Hairspray" and comic book movies like "Superman Returns". 2

  1. James Marsden Starring in Straw Dogs (The Moving Picture)
  2. James Marsden Is 'Straw' Man (Hollywood Reporter)

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