Alexander Skarsgard Cast In Remake Of Straw Dogs

July 16, 2009 by  

eric_season_2_true_blood2Alexander Skarsgard, True Blood’s Eric Northman, has been cast alongside Kate Bosworth and James Marsden, in a remake of the 1971 classic film “Straw Dogs”.  Brad Everett from Rope of provides a brief description of the original film:

“The 1971 original is often thought to be one of the most controversial films of all time” and also says: “The social and political aspects of the original are what made it such a gem as the primal and savage violence portrayed on screen added to the plot.” “James Marsden who will play the role originated by Dustin Hoffman in the 1971 original in which Hoffman played an astrophysicist who moved with his wife to her hometown in Cornwall, England in an attempt to getaway from the overbearing rise in American violence and to find relative peace and quiet. As the story plays out things don’t end up working out as hoped. The remake, however, is going to make things a bit easier on the audience, set it all in America and use the Deep South as a stereotypical scapegoat.”

Regarding Alexander’s role:

Skarsgard plays her high school boyfriend, an ex-football hero who sees the return of his former girlfriend as a way to reclaim glory.”

I will warn you the author is not at all happy with the remake; although he is impressed with the casting of Alexander Skarsgard for the film.  Alexander Skarsgard also recently appeared in the remake of a French film “13 Tzameti” alongside Micky Rourke and Ben Kingsly about an underground group of gamblers who bet on the outcome of a game of Russian roulette.  What I find most interesting is both films deal with the behavior of people under extreme circumstances. I have always found this subject matter in films although dark, to be the most interesting. To read more:

(Photo credit: HBO Canada Inc.)

A video trailer of the original” Straw Dogs” starring Dustin Hoffman