In the past twelve months Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has given us Lawless, The Master, Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty, and Spring Breakers—in other words, most of the interesting recent American films. They’ve got a busy rest of the year as well, including Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, Spike Jonze’s Her, and David O. Russell’s American Hustle. Now you can add another intriguing title to that already impressive list: Foxcatcher, from Capote and Moneyball director Bennett Miller.
The film, which was just acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for U.S. distribution and is coming to American theaters on December 20, tells the true story of two Olympic wrestler brothers, Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and, according to the press release, “their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. December 20 puts the movie squarely in prime awards season real estate, just two days after Jonze’s Her opens in limited release.
The film also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall, with a screenplay co-written by Miller’s Capote collaborator Dan Futterman, and it sounds like it has some major potential for typecasting-busting roles for Tatum and Carell. Good or bad, it’s another exciting project in a string of them from Annapurna, which is quickly becoming one of the most dependable brands in cinema.