'Foxcatcher' pins down November release date

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Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s drama about disturbed multimillionaire John du Pont and his ill-fated relationship with Olympic-wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, will open in theaters Nov. 14. The film, which originally was slated for a 2013 release, will premiere at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Steve Carell plays Du Pont, an heir to the family’s huge chemical fortune who established an elite training facility for Olympian wrestlers at his Foxcatcher Farm in Delaware. Two of the wrestlers that became close to du Pont were Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and his younger brother Mark (Channing Tatum), who’d both won gold medals at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1996, du Pont shot and killed Dave in his driveway. A motive was never really established and du Pont later died in prison.

Miller’s two previous movies, Moneyball and Capote, were both nominated for Academy Awards, and the November release date indicates some awards-season confidence on the part of Sony Classics. Dan Futterman, who penned Capote, co-wrote the Foxcatcher script with E. Max Frye (Something Wild). Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, and Anthony Michael Hall also star in the film.


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