Mel Gibson seems to finally be easing his way back into acting after spending several years away. While a return to acting isn't all that surprising, his choice in material could certainly turn a few heads. Gibson will star in Jodie Foster's latest film, The Beaver, which centers on a troubled father, husband, and CEO of a stalling toy company. After finding a beaver puppet in some garbage, he decides give voice to it, subsequently delivering all his communication through it. Pretty strange premise, right? Well, the first set photos have leaked on-line recently and, sure enough, they feature Gibson with a beaver puppet on his hand.
The screenplay for The Beaver was written by Kyle Killen and has received a significant amount of buzz from those who have read it. The script even earned a spot on the 2008 Black List, a list of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays. While I don't know much about this project other than the basic premise, I have to admit that I'm intrigued. It certainly seems like a risky project, especially for Gibson. Essentially the entire film will depend upon him and whether or not he pulls this performance off. I'm hoping for some kind of weird tour-de-force from Gibson, but only time will tell. If it doesn't work out, he can always return to directing.