February 8th, 2011
04:33 PM ET
Mel Gibson isn't ready for a big-screen comeback just yet — the release of his new movie, "The Beaver," has been delayed.
The dramedy, which stars Gibson as a troubled man who tries to get his life back on track with the help of a beaver puppet, was set to hit theaters on March 23 but is now due out on May 6, with a wider release on May 20, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Summit Entertainment switched the date to accommodate the schedule of Gibson's director/co-star Jodie Foster — who will be shooting the movie "God of Carnage" in the spring — and to provide alternatives to anticipated summer blockbusters like "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Thor."
Prior to its major theatrical release, "The Beaver" will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 16.
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