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.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
Hoepfully this wil lbe an actual good remake of the classic we all love!
Oblong on Jul 15, 2009
Wow, Alexander Skarsgard, Kate Bosworth, and James Marsden in a film together, sold.
Xerxex on Jul 15, 2009
Alexander Skarsgard is ridiculously good. Generation Kill is some subtle but amazing work.
miguel on Jul 15, 2009
Lets just remake stuff so that no one will ever watch the originals. Any way to bank in some more money instead of coming up with an idea on our own. I don't care that it's based on a book, the original is really hard to watch, even now with all the violence we see regularly in films. It's not an amazing movie, but for when it was made and the feeling you get watching it...you can't remake that vibe, it belongs in that movie at the time it was made, so all will be lost in any remake. I swear in less than ten years we will be seeing a Taxi Driver remake, and Scorcese will be producing. Fans will be upset, but will still go see it, and critics will praise it....because of how it's relevant to our time now, and how it relates to the current decay.
Ken on Jul 15, 2009
WOW! Anything with Alexander Skarsgard in it is for me! I too am not a big fan of remakes, but lets hope this one brings something good to the screen. I think it is a good chance to show what Skarsgard can do. Loved him in Generation Kill and he does have that certain something.
ErinN on Jul 16, 2009
Love Skarsgård but this sounds bad. Call it something else not Straw Dogs, which can;t be touched by this weak generic and odd synopsis for a Straw Dog remake.
Johnny Neat on Jul 16, 2009
What's that noise I can hear? It's Peckinpah spinning in his grave!
John J on Jul 16, 2009
I'm with #4 This will probably be turd like all the other remakes. If your gonna do remakes why not go through old obscure film that no ones heard of or are lesser known and improve them. The thing about remakes is you know what going to happen at the end. What next A clockwork orange
Smiley on Jul 16, 2009
Skarsgard is my favorite "new" actor. I will see this in hopes of fattening his rapidly expanding wallet. Generation Kill & True Blood are/were the best series on TV in a while.
bozoconnors on Jul 16, 2009
#7 if they ever even try to touch A.C.O I'm pretty sure the fans would find and murder the director.
Xerxex on Jul 16, 2009
Yeah why do they insist on calling this remake Straw Dogs it sounds like they are butchering the original premise. I'd be interested in seeing Skarsgard to see what else he can do. Lets hope he doesn't suck along with the movie.
Xanadu on Jul 17, 2009
I think there are certain movies that should just be considered sacred, and not ever be remade. This one is definitely one of them. There is NO WAY they can recapture the terror of the original. Like all remakes, it will just turn out to look way too stylized and polished. And if the core atmosphere is not there, even great actors like Skarsgard will probably not be able to save the movie. =/ I guess we have to wait and see. Maybe for once we'll all be pleasantly surprised.
SuicidalOptimist on Jul 17, 2009
The original straw dogs was a hard movie to watch. I saw this many times in the early 80's on HBO and looking back now, its the original of a genre. husband and wife far away from familiar surroundings. locals give them crap. mild mannered husband exacts retribution at the end just after the obligatory partial to full rape scene involving wife. hell, every john cena move to date has been a version of straw dogs. "I have your wife"... blah blah ,,, gunshots. . The most memorable part of this movie was dustin hoffman walking around the house killing off the guys that were renovating his house and raping his wife. he gets one with a huge bear trap and kills others with a shotgun. never sat well with me... but check out the list of his next four films ... Papillon (1973) - with SteveMcqueen, Lenny (1974), All The President's Men (1976), & Marathon Man (1976) - with Laurence Olivier.. that's what i call a run.
goliad on Jul 17, 2009
I don't know if I can watch the movie I am a huge Alex fan and him doing those particular scene ahh I mean he would be forcing someone and helping someone to forcing someone I just don't know if I can go through with the hole movie
adrey on Sep 27, 2009
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