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Tobey Maguire takes the reins of ''Seabiscuit''

Tobey Maguire takes the reins of ”Seabiscuit.” The ”Spider-Man” star will play the jockey of the famed 1930s racehorse

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Tobey Maguire is going from ”Spider-Man” to horseman. Variety reports that he’s jockeying for a $12 million payday as the producer and star of ”Seabiscuit,” an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s recent book ”Seabiscuit: An American Legend.” He’ll play Red Pollard, the jockey who rode the famed 1930s racehorse.

Costarring will be real-life Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who will play George Woolf, a jockey who also got to ride Seabiscuit. Writing and directing the film is Gary Ross, who also wrote and directed Maguire’s 1998 film ”Pleasantville.” ”There was an incredible toughness and sensitivity to Red that few people could capture, and Tobey is uniquely capable of doing that,” Ross tells Variety. Aiming for a late 2003 release, the movie will shoot this fall, before Maguire puts his webcrawler suit back on for the second ”Spider-Man” installment.