Mel Gibson is headed back into movie theaters after months of damaging publicity over his tempestuous relationship with ex-lover Oksana Grigorieva.
He is being investigated for domestic abuse by the Los Angeles authorities.
Movie studio Summit Entertainment released the first promotional trailer and a poster of Gibson’s long-delayed movie The Beaver.
In the film, the Oscar-winning director plays “a man who has lost all hope.”
Directed by actress Jodie Foster, who also co-stars with Gibson, the family drama is described as “coming soon” to movie theaters.
In The Beaver, Gibson, 54, plays Walter Black, a man described in the trailer as “a hopelessly depressed individual” who finds solace and new hope by talking through a beaver hand-puppet.
Filming was completed earlier this year but the release was apparently put on hold after audio tapes were leaked in the summer of Gibson ranting at and threatening Russian- born model Grigorieva as their brief relationship hit the rocks in January.
The Braveheart and Passion of the Christ director has remained silent throughout the uproar, which caused him to lose a cameo part in the upcoming sequel to the comedy The Hangover due to cast objections, and to be dumped by his long-time talent agency in Hollywood.
Los Angeles police are investigating Gibson on suspicion of domestic abuse. Grigorieva is being investigated for possible extortion. Neither has been charged.
Gibson, once considered one of Hollywood’s most popular stars, made his last acting appearance in the thriller Edge of Darkness in January 2010, which made a lackluster US$81 million (HK$631.8 million) at the global box office.
But according to an opinion poll in August, 76 percent of Americans questioned said the Gibson-Grigorieva scandal would have no effect on whether they would buy a ticket for a Gibson movie.