Oh Mel Gibson, what are we going to do with you? The future of his latest film The Beaver has been floating in limbo due to his recent pr troubles. It’s kind of hard to sell Gibson as a headlining star these days but according to Deadline Summit plans on releasing the film in spring 2011. To kick start the marketing, they’ve released the first official photo of him and director/co-star Jodie Foster and they’ve announced the trailer premiere.
Walter Black (Mel Gibson) is suffering from extreme depression. As he spends most of his days sleeping or trying different methods of self therapy, his wife Meredith (Jodie Foster) hides behind work and helplessly watches him fall apart; his youngest son Henry (Riley Thomas Stewart) becomes a hermit; his oldest son Porter (Anton Yelchin) writes his classmate’s essays for cash and secretly keeps a list of similarities between him and his father to avoid a similar future; and Walter’s toy company heads toward bankruptcy.
Walter soon hits bottom when Meredith kicks him out of the house, and he decides to get drunk and kill himself. The suicide attempt goes awry, and upon waking up, Walter is introduced to “the Beaver” – a beaver puppet he had found in the trash and put on his hand during his drinking binge – who suddenly speaks to him, in a British accent. With the help of the Beaver (a facet of Walter’s personality), Walter gets a new lease on life and returns home.
The first trailer for The Beaver is also expected to premiere Friday on Entertainment Tonight and on iTunes shortly after.
What do you think of the synopsis and photo from The Beaver? Are you interested in still seeing the film?