Owen Wilson Leaves Comedy Behind For 'The Coup'

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Owen Wilson doesn't find it very funny anymore.

The "Midnight in Paris" star is preparing to shift into action mode for the first time in over ten years as he's set to stage "The Coup," according to Deadline.

"The Coup" centers on an American family in Southeast Asia that becomes embroiled in a violent rebel attack. Wilson plays a father in the film that reportedly has a similar tone to the Liam Neeson kidnapping thriller, "Taken."

Owen Wilson's last action film (unless you count "Cars 2") was "Behind Enemy Lines," the 2001 war drama in which he played a Navy navigator who must traverse hostile territory when he's shot down in the area mentioned in the title. The film also starred Gene Hackman, who also co-starred with Wilson later that same year in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums."

"The Coup" is set to be directed by John Erick Dowdle, who previously directed the M. Night Shyamalan-produced "Devil," the 2010 M. Night Shyamalan-produced horror flick in which passengers trapped in an elevator start getting killed off one by one by Satan himself (or something). Dowdle co-wrote the "Coup" script with his brother, Drew Dowdle.

"The Coup" will commence with production sometime in October, after Owen Wilson wraps "The Internship" with Vince Vaughn and "Admission" with Tina Fey.