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Marsden Is A Straw Dog
Takes the Hoffman role in remake

23 April 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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James Marsden is one of our favourite not-quite-A-listers here: not only was he Cyclops in X-Men, but he made us laugh a lot in Enchanted and nearly as much in 27 Dresses. But there's more to him than superheroes and rom-coms: he's got projects with Neil LaBute, Richard Kelly and David O. Russell coming up, and now he's signed on to star in Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs, in the role originally filled by Dustin Hoffman.

The film's plot has been shifted from the English countryside that director Sam Peckinpah used last time to the Deep South of the US, but the set-up remains similar. Marsden plays a Hollywood screenwriter who moves to his wife's hometown down South, but there the estranged couple continue to fall apart, while old tensions with the locals reemerge, leading to violence. Both films are based on Gordon Williams' novel The Siege At Trencher Farm.

The whole thing's written and set to be directed by Rod Lurie, formerly a writer of this Empire parish, with filming due to begin in August. It's not a group of people and a film we'd have put together, but let's hope it turns out interesting.


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RE: I feel really
L: waltham1979 bad for Marsden, he gets screwed over in practically every film he is in !! Superman Returns, X1,2 & 3, The Notebook...poor bugger !! sp; He got lucky in 27 dresses. With Katherine Heigl no less! More

Posted by grucl at 09:10 on 24 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Marsden Is A Straw Dog
This will be interesting. I liked the idea of Straw Dogs but the film itself is so camp and over the top. The English actors - I don't know if they were English or American - were so bad that any tension in the film was ruined. Here's hoping they can improve on the original. More

Posted by Bickle at 08:43 on 24 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Marsden Is A Straw Dog
This is almost as good an idea as that other film with "rape" in the title.  More

Posted by UTB at 22:33 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Marsden Is A Straw Dog
Pathetic news. Rod Lurie, you sir are an arse! As is everyone involved in this debacle! SHAME ON YOU ALL! More

Posted by Monkeyshaver at 21:59 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Marsden Is A Straw Dog
I like Marsden, but a remake of Straw Dogs is completely redundant. The original is still a brilliant piece of work. More

Posted by Kazuya at 21:47 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

This is interesting
I hate the original, i had to watch it as part of my course and boy it sucked but think marsden is an underrated actor i love his roles in superman, x men and sex drive and cant wait for this More

Posted by dave_0989 at 17:37 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

love the original..
and i'm trying to be "nicer" to remakes but when certain films are redone they now come with a layer of "hollywood sheen" that make them inferior (in my eyes) to the first film. Little changes to try and make "problematic" parts of the film more friendly to others. I mean changing the setting...really? That's what made the film so unsettling to me...moving it to the deep south seems...cliche. More

Posted by Lord Byron Pitt at 15:41 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

Can't see THIS one being banned for years...
Also, WHY relocate it to the 'deep south'? Is the english countryside not as scary as the american countryside? Or is this just another excuse to have raping, murdering mutants on the rampage? More

Posted by christofurr at 14:28 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

lona_no_friends , I have to disagree with you on two counts there: 1. You may not have 'got it', but Straw Dogs is far from a terrible film, and 2. The best remakes are of bad films, or of films with good ideas that didn't quite work the first time. Why complain if a film you hate is getting remade? More

Posted by ashescartman at 13:27 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

Straw Dogs is a terrific film, why the hell are they remaking it? More

Posted by evildave69 at 13:20 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

Straw Dogs is a terrible film, why the hell are they remaking it? More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 12:57 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

I feel really
bad for Marsden, he gets screwed over in practically every film he is in !! Superman Returns, X1,2 & 3, The Notebook...poor bugger !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:50 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

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