'Foxcatcher' Leads Almost Went To Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy

Foxcatcher, the psychological drama from the supremely talented Bennett Miller, is without doubt one of the most anticipated movies of the year and Sony has stepped up its marketing with a new trailer and a couple of film festival announcements (including the BFI London Film Festival).

FoxcatcherChanning Tatum [L] and Steve Carell [R] in 'Foxcatcher'

The movie tells the true story of Olympic Gold medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) when he is summoned by eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.  Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins coaching a world-class team though lures Mark into dangerous habits and a destructive spiral. Of course, this all sounds amazing. 

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"I didn't know what to think," Tatum said in New York Magazine's cover story about initially being approached about Foxcatcher, "I didn't know what I was doing, I didn't know how to read scripts, I didn't know anything about acting, and the way Bennett talked about this wildly dark character weirded me out a little bit, to be honest with you. I was super young, and I just didn't get it. In a way, I think, thank God it didn't come to fruition then, because I don't know what it would have turned out to be."

FoxcatcherBill Nighy and Ryan Gosling were considered for the leads in 'Foxcatcher'

Miller and Tatum crossed paths again around the time the director was working on Moneyball and spoke at length about Foxcatcher, despite the filmmaker having contemplated Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy in the lead roles. He had also spoken to Heath Ledger about the long-delayed project, according the Hollywood Reporter.

Foxcatcher, which scored a slew of five-star reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, will hit theaters on November 14, 2014.

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