To all the prognosticators who have already sat back and considered the awards season over, time to wake up. Bennett Miller, who has gone two-for-two with Best Pictures nominations for “Capote” and “Moneyball,” returns with “Foxcatcher” and goddamn if he doesn’t look like he’s back in top form.
Perhaps the most remarkable achievement is transforming Michael Scott aka Steve Carell, into the truly chilling lead character John du Pont, a multimillionaire, paranoid schizophrenic and as he describes himself in this teaser trailer, a “patriot.” This remarkable true story follows du Pont, who builds a wrestling training facility on his 800-acre property, but whose relationship with longtime friend and Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo, looking positively Hulk like) takes a sinister turn.
Yep, we’re sold. Co-starring Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and more, “Foxcatcher”
opens on December 20th.
Update: Wow, this is a shocking revelation given the fact the teaser arrived today. In a statement, Sony Pictures Classics announced today that the release of FOXCATCHER is being moved into 2014. “SPC supports the decision of the filmmakers to allow for more time to finish the film.” What does this mean for its would-be AFI premiere in November? That it’s probably not happening would be our guess. No exact dates have been revealed. Will SPC hold it for another full year for the 2014 Oscar race? Right now, your guess is as good as ours.