Foxcatcher, which features a script from E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, tells the gripping true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). They're invited to launch a wrestling academy funded by eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune, who has a dream of creating a winning US wrestling team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont's luxurious world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Soon du Pont's erratic behaviour and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete's already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack. Fuelled by du Pont's increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.
The film promises a very different performance from Carell, who has branched out into drama before, but nothing quite as intense as this.