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Summit Taking Mel Gibson’s ‘The Beaver’ Off the Shelf Next Spring

Jodie Foster directed the dark comedy from a script by Kyle Killen

Summit Entertainment plans to release Jodie Foster's "The Beaver," which stars Mel Gibson, in Spring 2011, and will debut the film's trailer tomorrow night on "Entertainment Tonight," the studio has confirmed to TheWrap.

"The Beaver" stars Gibson as a father who walks around talking to a beaver puppet he wears on his hand. Foster co-stars alongside Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence of "Winter's Bone" fame.

"The Beaver" had been scheduled for release this year before the studio decided to delay the film after Gibson was accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

Gibson has had brushes with controversy in the past, but that didn't stop "The Passion of the Christ" from becoming a worldwide box office sensation. Of course, Gibson didn't appear on camera in that film, but a CBS News/Vanity Fair poll revealed that most people wouldn't take Gibson's bad behavior into account when deciding whether or not to see another one of his movies.

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