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What Beats Angry Black Sheep? Ravenous Racoons, Of Course!

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 8, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 8, 2009 |

Tobey Maguire has been making some interesting choices of late, probably in an effort to distance himself from Emo Spidey. Yesterday, we featured a compelling trailer for Jim Sheridan’s Brothers, which has Maguire as a dead-eyed pyscho nutjub (although, in the comments, whatBenwatches said he’s seen an early cut and was not impressed). Today comes word that Maguire is set to star in a black indie comedy, straying even further from the big budget Spiderman spectacle. He’ll co-star with Elizabeth Banks in The Details, written and directed by Jacob Estes, who wrote the excellent but little seen Mean Creek.

The premise is simple, but kind of compelling: It’s about “a struggling married couple who, already struggling with issues like infidelity and whether they should stay married, see their lives further complicated by ravenous raccoons burrowing under the sod in their back yard. A disagreement over how to dispatch the pests creates a chain reaction of mishaps that include a murder by bow and arrow.”

It’s been a while since we’ve had a really good ravenous raccoon movie, and I can certainly see the comedic potential in the setup. The supporting cast ain’t so bad, either. Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, and (thank you, Lord) Anna Friel join the cast, alongside Laura Linney, who plays an oddball neighbor.

Maguire replaces James McAvoy, and expects to film The Details before embarking on Spiderman 4. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Banks continues to be the most underappreciated leading lady in Hollywood. Also, the superfucking coolest.

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