The first ‘Foxcatcher‘ trailer has hit the web, showcasing Steve Carell‘s shocking transformation into John du Pont, the man who tragically killed Olympic wrestling champion David Schultz.
Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo star opposite Carell as Mark and David Schultz, two sibling athletes who formed a relationship with du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic and the heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune. Those athletes who were under his sponsorship and often trained at the athletic center on his estate in Newton Square, PA, were known as Team Foxcatcher. In 1997, the real-life du Pont was found guilty, though mentally ill of killing David, after his behavior became increasingly more erratic. He died serving his sentence on December 9, 2010.
‘Foxcatcher’ seems like it could grab its director, Bennett Miller (‘Moneyball,’ ‘Capote’), another Oscar nomination, given Carell’s transformation and already buzzing performance. As Miller said, “John du Pont was a character who nobody thought was capable of doing something as horrible as he did. And I did not want to cast somebody who would feel dangerous in that way.”
The film also stars Sienna Miller, and is scheduled to hit theaters December 20. Here’s the official synopsis:
FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins “coaching” a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy.
yikes @ Steve Carell's face