Tobey Maguire Starring in The Details with Elizabeth Banks
by Alex Billington
July 7, 2009
Whenever I see Tobey Maguire playing a character that's not Peter Parker, it's always seems a bit odd to me, like in Seabiscuit and The Good German. Maguire is now set to star in an indie black comedy called The Details written and directed by Jacob Estes (of Mean Creek previously). Shooting begins August in Seattle, which means he'll get to this before reprising his role as Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4. Elizabeth Banks stars alongside of Maguire; the two play a struggling married couple. In addition to those two, the cast includes Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert and Anna Friel, with Laura Linney also playing an eccentric neighbor.
The lives of this married couple are further complicated by ravenous raccoons burrowing in their back yard. A disagreement over how to kill the rodents creates a chain reaction of mishaps that includes a murder by bow and arrow. Maguire is replacing James McAvoy, who had originally been cast, but later dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. "Maguire's character is an everyman in the sense that he is composed of a morally ambiguous core," Estes explained. "He has good intentions, but he makes a lot of self-destructive mistakes." This sounds like it could be a great indie that I'll be looking forward to seeing at a film festival.