Mel Gibson has been set to star in the whimsical drama The Beaver, co-starring Jodie Foster, who is also set to direct from a script by Kyle Killen.

According to Variety, Gibson will play a depressed man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet. Foster will play the role of the man's wife.

Foster boarded the project and brought it to Gibson, with whom she co-starred in 1994's Maverick.

Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Keith Redmon will produce the film.

The project had several star and director combos circling -- including Steve Carell and Jay Roach -- over the past several months.

Producers are pushing for a September start date in New York.