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Straw Dogs Remake Nabs Cast
Bosworth and Skarsgard join Marsden

16 July 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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Rod Lurie’s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s ‘70s classic, Straw Dogs, is coming together, with the news that Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard have joined the already-cast James Marsden in the siege thriller.

Bosworth, whose Lois Lane was engaged to Marsden’s Richard White in Superman Returns, will go one better this time by playing the actress wife of Marsden’s screenwriter character.

When he needs to finish a script in peace, Bosworth brings Marsden back to her hometown in Mississippi, catching the eye of her former boyfriend (Skarsgard, son of Stellan!), and inciting passions that will, all too soon, leave the happy couple fighting for their very lives.

That’s if, of course, Lurie follows the Peckinpah template. If he does, then Marsden – in the Dustin Hoffman role – is going to become a nerd tornado, while Bosworth – in the Susan George part – will have a scene that is bound to cause controversy. We’ll say no more, but fans of the original will know what we’re talking about.

We’re not going to rail against remakes here – partly because this is one that we have high hopes for – and not just because Lurie was a contributor to Empire in our formative, knee-high-to-Q years. It’s a fine premise, a good cast, there’s subtext and social comment galore, and there’s a high probability that this version won’t be consumed by its own scandalous reputation, as was Peckinpah’s.

Shooting begins next month.
 


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I was just thinking today how glad I was that they never remade The Wild Bunch (there was a plan to do this in the late 90's). More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 20:32 on 17 July 2009 | Report This Post

Id be more excited were the first film not utter shite. I do, however, have a great deal of respect for Alex Skarsgaard after Generation Kill. Good luck to him! More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 18:44 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

SICK AND TIRED ALRIGHT.......
Why are they bothering with this? Inevitably, the rape scene will be toned down so that all the nice American kiddies can watch it.....and they'll probably change the ending somehow to make James Marsden seem less neurotic and more heroic. If Hollywood wants to remake films - why oh why don't they remake the films that NEED remaking????? I 'm sure there must be loads of old films moudering away in the dusty vaults that could do with a proper update.........and by the by...on a totally different More

Posted by ROTGUT at 16:49 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Straw Dogs Remake Nabs Cast
They already did remake Hostel. It was called Hostel II. More

Posted by VicnBob at 16:48 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

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For me, the only way this could work is to have flipped the original, and made the husband a non-US resident, thereby playing o nthe redneck xenopohiba of some part of the US, or even taken it one step further and made the wife the overseas outsider.         More

Posted by hughjass at 13:25 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

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A word to Hollywood; STOP REMAKING FILMS THAT DON'T NEED TO BE REMADE.   Is it just me or is anyone else getting sick and tired of these damn remakes. We've had Last House on the Left this year, The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the last few years and Nightmare on Elm Street on the way.   The spread of the Hollywood horror remake is getting worse than swine flu. Next thing you know they'll be remaking Hostel. More

Posted by 00Nothing at 09:57 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

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