The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today early details of its AFI FEST 2013, which includes the news Saving Mr. Banks will serve as the opening night film, while Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher will have its world premiere on November 8, more than a month before its December 20 opening and along with the news comes two new pictures from the film, which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.
Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), Foxcatcher is a psychological drama written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, based on the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (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 athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral.
I’ve included the second new picture directly below.
Additionally, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis will serve as the closing night film.
More details surrounding the fest, which runs from November 7-14, will be released a little later.