Rod Lurie, director-writer of the upcoming Straw Dogs, naturally doesn’t want his film to be compared too precisely to Sam Peckinpah‘s original 1971 version. So he’s cast the very un-Dustin Hoffmanish James Marsden (next in The Box) in the husband role. Hoffman’s character was a dweeby mathmetician but Marsden’s is a big-city writer, as was the original character in the book, The Siege at Trencher’s Farm.