Skarsgard and Bosworth Cast in Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs
by Alex Billington
July 15, 2009
We've already heard quite a bit about this Straw Dogs remake before. James Marsden is set to star and Nothing But the Truth director Rod Lurie wrote the screenplay and is directing. And now Alexander Skarsgard has joined the cast as well as Kate Bosworth. Marsden plays a Hollywood screenwriter who relocates with his wife to her hometown in Mississippi. Bosworth plays the wife, who left the South to become an actress and returns home so her husband can finish his script in quiet. Skarsgard plays her high school boyfriend, an ex-football hero who sees the return of his former girlfriend as a way to reclaim glory.
Alexander Skarsgard, who is actor Stellan Skarsgard's son, currently stars on "True Blood" and was also in "Generation Kill" before that. At one point he was rumored to be the frontrunner for the lead in Kenneth Branagh's Thor before Chris Hemsworth got the gig instead. The original 1971 Straw Dogs was directed by Sam Peckinpah and stared Dustin Hoffman. I'm not particularly excited for this remake, but I am certainly glad to see Skarsgard cast in something following those Thor rumors. As for Kate Bosworth, she's one of the most beautiful actresses around, that's for sure, but this isn't the greatest role for her to take following 21.