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Mel Gibson is headed back to the big screen.

The 53-year-old actor -- who is expecting a baby with girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva -- has signed on to headline The Beaver, a drama to be directed by Jodie Foster.

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Gibson will play "a depressed man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet," according to Variety. Foster will play his wife.

Filming is expected to begin in September in New York City.

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Gibson and Foster previously starred in 1994's Maverick.

The actor's last big movie role was in the 2002 chiller Signs.

In April, Gibson announced he and his wife Robyn were divorcing after nearly 30 years.

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