Steve Carell Plans To Kill Channing Tatum In Foxcatcher
Bennett Miller earned a Best Director Oscar nomination in 2005 for his debut feature, Capote (and also coached Philip Seymour Hoffman to his first Oscar win). But he then waited six years to release his follow-up, which ended up being the critically acclaimed inside-baseball drama Moneyball with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.
Thankfully, we wonít have to wait another six years for Miller to release his next film, as plans for the announced Foxcatcher appear to be coming together. Steve Carell joined the drama weeks ago, ready to tell the story of paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont, a multimillionaire and member of the esteemed du Pont family who shot and killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz at his home. Following the murder, du Pont barricaded himself in Schultzís mansion and negotiated with police for two days.
Details about Millerís production are starting to reach us. The L.A. Times reports that G.I. Joe star Channing Tatum has signed on to play Schultz, who was close friends with du Pont and was trying to help the man get his life in order when he was murdered for his efforts. Schultz was a seven-time world and Olympic wrestling champion. He left behind a wife and two children when he was murdered. As for du Pont, he was jailed for his crime and died in prison in 2010.
Itís unclear if Millerís story will follow du Pontís story from an early stage, giving Tatum and Carell plenty of scenes together prior to the murder, or if heíll focus more on du Pontís trial and incarceration. Either way, Miller has shown an incredible knack for casting in his first two films, and if he sees something in Tatum that works for Foxcatcher, Iím willing to see what the handsome (but so far one-dimensional) performer can bring to the production.
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