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Why we can't wait to see ''Seabiscuit''

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Chris Cooper, Jeff Bridges, ...
Seabiscuit: Francois Duhamel

Why we can’t wait to see ”Seabiscuit”

THE STORY Based on Linda Hillenbrand’s book ”Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” the movie tells the true tale of a racehorse and a broken-down prizefighter-turned-jockey (Tobey Maguire) who came out of nowhere to capture the imagination of Depression-era America.

THE GOODIES Besides the web-slinging star of2002’s biggest movie, ”Seabiscuit”’s cast also boasts recent Oscar winner Chris Cooper as the horse’s trainer and shoulda-been-an-Oscar-contender Jeff Bridges as Seabiscuit’s owner. The movie reteams Maguire with writer/director Gary Ross (”Pleasantville”), who knows his Americana.

CREATIVE CASTING Bridges’ wife is played by Elizabeth Banks, briefly seen alongside Maguire in ”Spider-Man” as Daily Bugle employee Betty Brant.

BURNING QUESTION Can Maguire carry a big, mainstream movie without wearing his Spidey suit?

TREND WATCH Racehorse biopics. In October, Viggo Mortensen stars in ”Hidalgo,” the story of a 19th-century Mustang known for its prowess in cross-country endurance races.

COULD BE The film that lets Maguire and Ross jockey for Academy Award nominations. Or? a box-office also-ran. Has there been a hit movie about horse racing since ”National Velvet”?