James Marsden to Star in Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs Remake
by Alex Billington
April 23, 2009
It was nearly two years ago this week that we first announced that Screen Gems' was remaking Straw Dogs. It has taken the last 18 months for the project to finally get off the ground. James Marsden will star as a Los Angeles screenwriter named David Sumner, 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 1971 Straw Dogs was directed by Sam Peckinpah and stared Dustin Hoffman. This reimagining will be directed by Rod Lurie of the drama Nothing But the Truth most recently.
Marsden, who you may recognize as Cyclops from the X-Men series, Richard White in Superman Returns, Prince Edward in Enchanted, or Corny Collins in Hairspray, has been getting better and better the more I see him. I always thought he was just an asshole in X-Men, but later found out that he's an incredibly talented actor. Straw Dogs definitely seems like an odd change of pace for him, from his past few bright, cheerful films to something much darker. I'm not sure that too many people are that excited for this remake, but at least they have a very talented actor who will lead the way. We'll let you know who else they cast.