Bennett Miller knows reality. Although the filmmaker has just two feature-length movies under his belt, he’s already exhibited a remarkable storytelling skill, an ability to tell based-in-truth events from just the right angle. The proof? Capote, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in some of the most unlikely casting of the last decade, and Moneyball, a winning movie about a baseball general manager who’s desperate not to lose. Miller’s third feature, Foxcatcher, is based on the twisted story of John du Pont, a terribly rich man who attempted to start a top-flight wrestling training facility and ended up doing some terrible things. Foxcatcher looks to continue Miller’s impressive early portfolio, already earning Miller a Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
There are two career-making performances on the line here: Steve Carell as du Pont and Channing Tatum as wrestler Mark Schultz. Here’s the teaser trailer for Foxcatcher, recently released by Sony Pictures Classics. If the editing and tone of the film matches that of the trailer, we’re in for an intense experience:
Foxcatcher was written by Capote writer Dan Futterman and Something Wild scripter E. Max Frye (his first formal writing credit in 11 years). Here’s the official movie poster for Cannes. Foxcatcher opens in US theaters on November 14.