Mel Gibson back in movie theatres
Mel Gibson is headed back into movie theatres after months of damaging publicity over his tempestuous relationship with ex-lover Oksana Grigorieva and a domestic abuse investigation by Los Angeles authorities.
Movie studio Summit Entertainment on Friday released the first promotional trailer and a poster of Gibson's long-delayed movie The Beaver, in which the Oscar-winning director plays "a man who has lost all hope".
Directed by actress Jodie Foster, who also co-stars with Gibson, the family drama is described as "coming soon" to movie theatres. According to the Internet Movie Database website, The Beaver will be released in the UK in February 2011. No date was given for a US release.
Filming was completed earlier this year but the release was apparently put on hold after audio tapes were leaked in the summer of Gibson ranting at, and threatening Russian-born model Grigorieva as their brief relationship hit the rocks in January.
The Braveheart and Passion of the Christ director has remained silent throughout the furore, which caused him to lose a cameo part in the upcoming sequel to the comedy The Hangover due to cast objections, and to be dumped by his long-time Hollywood talent agency.