Sony Screen Gems has let the dogs out!
The trailer for director Rob Lurie’s upcoming remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial 1971 home-invasion thriller Straw Dogs has arrived. James Marsden and Kate Bosworth star as David and Amy Sumner, a married couple terrorized by Louisiana hicks and Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie, played by Alexander Skarsgard.
Synopsis for the remake reads:
David and Amy Sumner, a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father’s death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie, leading to a violent confrontation.
Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs was set in England and followed a mousy mathematician (Dustin Hoffman) and his wife (Susan George) as they tried to rebuild their marriage in a countryside village while gradually being terrorized by rape-happy rapscallions.
The original film also featured a lengthy rape scene in which Amy appears to submit willingly to Charlie midway through the assault. According to Bosworth, who is rumored to have gone nude for the part, the remake remains “bold” and is “not watered down in the parts that people are going to be curious about.”
Straw Dogs bullies its way into theaters on Sept. 16.