Trailer for Rod Lurie’s Remake of Straw Dogs
The trailer for Rod Lurie’s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs has gone online. The remake transplants the story from rural England to the deep South where a screenwriter (James Marsden) and his wife (Kate Bosworth) relocate to her hometown. Like in the original, they encounter hostility from the locals and matters get increasingly worse for the couple from there.
Scriptwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) and his wife, actress Amy Sumner (Kate Bosworth), move to where Amy grew up, in rural Mississippi, to rebuild the house of Amy’s recently deceased father and so David can finish a script. David meets Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie Venner (Alexander Skarsgård) and his friends Norman (Rhys Coiro), Chris (Billy Lush), and Bic (Drew Powell), whom he hires to fix a roof.
David also meets former football coach Tom Heddon (James Woods), whose 15-year-old daughter Janice (Willa Holland) is attracted to a local man with an intellectual disability, Jeremy Niles (Dominic Purcell). Heddon often bullies Jeremy and believes Jeremy is stalking his daughter.
Charlie and his friends begin taunting David. The taunting escalates into harassment as they make crude remarks towards Amy and play loud music to annoy David and impede his work on his screenplay. After a jog, Amy goes upstairs to take a bath, then opens the bathroom window and disrobes provocatively in clear view of the workmen.
Someone enters the house and strangles the couple’s cat. David is hesitant about confronting the workmen about the cat, but attempts to question the men. Charlie and his friends deny everything.
While David is out in the forest in order to hunt deer together with the workmen, Charlie forces his way into the house and rapes Amy. Afterwards, Norman rapes Amy while Charlie watches reluctantly.
When David returns, Amy says nothing about the rapes. David fires the men the next day. At Amy’s insistence, they go to a local football game. Janice persuades Jeremy to enter an empty locker room and attempts to give him oral sex. Heddon has noticed her absence and begins looking for her, and as he approaches, Jeremy, scared of Heddon discovering them, holds his hand over Janice’s mouth to silence her, accidentally smothering her to death. He runs away just as Heddon informs Charlie and his friends of Janice’s disappearance and guesses that Jeremy has done something to her.