New Teaser Trailer for FOXCATCHER

After hearing about this film for what feels like well over a year and wondering what kind of shape it would take, what type of performances it would contain, and how it would look we now are beginning to get our first real look at the film in motion as Sony Pictures Classics has released another teaser trailer. Dierctor Bennett Miller, who's made both Capote and Moneyball, is a director I've been intent on watching and this story he's decided to tell now seems to perfectly mix elements of his previous two films. Telling the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) who develop a relationship with eccentric multimillionaire and sports enthusiast John du Pont (an unrecognizable Steve Carell). This teaser certainly captures the dark tone of the story it's telling while the marketing team has decided to highlight Tatum in a performance they are keen to get him an Oscar nomination for. I am ultimately more interested in what seems to be a genuinely chilling dramatic turn from Carell and would be surprised if he doesn't get an Oscar campaign as well. That this tragic story has been put in the hands of a director so adept at telling real life stories in the most effective of ways lends this project a great amount of credibility and hopes for something exceptional that might show audiences both a story about two men they would have otherwise never heard of and a film that truly moves people and pushes those involved to the limits of their talent. This thing is filled to the brim with potential and after recieving multiple prizes at this years Canne Film Festival, I can't wait until Oscar season. Foxcatcher also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall and opens on November 14. Check out the latest trailer after the jump.

Synopsis: Based on true events, FOXCATCHER tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. 

When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). 

Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont’s mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont’s erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete’s already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack, knowing that these are things even his money cannot buy. Fueled by du Pont’s increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen. 

FOXCATCHER is a rich and moving story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty and the corruption and emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great power and wealth. As with Academy Award® nominee Bennett Miller’s previous feature films, CAPOTE and MONEYBALL, he explores large themes in society through his complex character portraits of real people.

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