Sony Pictures Classics sets release date for Steve Carell and Channing Tatum pic 'Foxcatcher'

Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s highly anticipated Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum, will hit theaters on Dec. 20, Sony announced Thursday.

Foxcatcher tells true story of Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and his younger brother Mark (Channing Tatum), both Olympians, and their fraught and dangerous relationship with John du Pont (Steve Carell), a paranoid schizophrenic and heir to the du Pont fortunes. A late December release date positions the film in an ideal space for awards consideration. Miller’s previous narrative films, Moneyball and Capote, both received significant awards buzz. He even picked up a Best Director nod for Capote.

Sony Pictures Classics will be distributing the film, which was co-financed by Columbia Pictures (also a Sony property) and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.

“I’ve been discussing Foxcatcher with [Sony Pictures Classics co-Presidents] Michael [Barker] and Tom [Bernard] since I began researching the story in 2005 and it’s always been my hope and expectation that they would distribute the film. Their passion and understanding of what Foxcatcher could be and their ability to market unique and complex films makes SPC the ideal home for me. They were great partners on Capote, and I’m thrilled to be back with SPC,” Miller said in a press release.

Barker and Bernard added:  “We always felt this story could be a great movie and we pursued the project the minute we heard Bennett wanted to make it.” Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, and Vanessa Redgrave also star.

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