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X-Man 'cast in Straw Dogs remake'

James Marsden and Dustin Hoffman
Marsden (left) will play the role that Hoffman (right) took in the original

X-Men actor James Marsden will star in a 'reimagining' of controversial 1971 thriller Straw Dogs, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Written and directed by Rod Lurie, the US remake will relocate the film - originally set in rural England - to the Deep South of contemporary America.

Dustin Hoffman and Susan George starred in Sam Peckinpah's original version.

Its graphic violence saw it effectively banned by the British Board of Film Classification from 1984 to 2002.

The BBFC refused to grant the film a certificate for home viewing unless it edited a scene in which George is brutally raped twice.


In 2002, however, the film was eventually passed uncut after clinical psychologists ruled it would not be harmful to viewers.

In Lurie's remake, Marsden will play a Hollywood screenwriter who moves with his wife to her hometown.

Once there old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, leading to a violent confrontation.

Marsden, who played Cyclops in the X-Men trilogy, was seen last year in the romantic comedy 27 Dresses.

Lurie, a former soldier and film critic, is best known for his 2000 political drama The Contender.

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