The last time we saw actor Owen Wilson playing with dogs, it was in the 2008 adaptation of John Grogan's touchingly heartbreaking book "Marley & Me." In this latest bit of news, we learn that Wilson will move from playing with dogs to simply playing one.
Wilson is locked to star in "Marmaduke," a big-screen adaptation of Brad Anderson's long-running newspaper comic strip. The adaptation had itself been revealed a couple of weeks ago, but this final bit of news puts the finishing touch on a cast that includes William H. Macy, Judy Greer, Lee Pace as the titular great dane's human family and Fergie, Emma Stone, George Lopez, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Steve Coogan, Damon Wayans and Marlon Wayans as the voices of Marmaduke's pals in the animal kingdom.
The story, penned by "License to Wed" writers Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio, sounds like a canine-infused take on "West Side Story." Marmaduke becomes embroiled in a doggie turf war between the Mutts and the Pedigrees while trying to win the affections of a certain purebred bitch and "overcome a fall from grace," whatever that entails. The adaptation will be helmed by "Failure to Launch" director Tom Dey.
Wilson has had quite the run of animal-friendly roles in recent times, starting with 2008's "Marley & Me" and continuing next week with another voice acting gig in Wes Anderson's adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, "Fantastic Mr. Fox." I think he also rode a horse in this year's "Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian," though that is admittedly starting to reach a bit.
Either way, Wilson is next going to voice an orange great dane. And the animal kingdom will love him for it.
What is it with Owen Wilson and dogs? Do you like this casting? What do you make of the story? Does it sound like too much of a departure from the "slice of oddball life" comic strip?