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It's official: Owen Wilson's career has gone to the dogs.
After playing a journalist who writes about his feisty yellow labrador in last year's Marley and Me, Wilson is taking things one step further. He will be providing the voice of Marmaduke in an upcoming film adaptation.
Marmaduke, for those of you who forgot about newspapers, is a troublemaking Great Dane who stars in his own self-titled comic strip. The dog in the comics doesn't speak, but he often behaves as if he thinks he's human -- which is really the comic strip's only joke, and has been since it began in 1954.
What's Wilson thinking with this unlikely role? Maybe he was inspired by his sometimes co-star Bill Murray, who was allegedly recording his lines for the 2004 Garfield movie between takes of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (also starring Wilson). No doubt Murray owns a few extra summer homes thanks to that film and its 2006 sequel, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties.
The Marmaduke film will be "live-action/CG," which we're guessing means that the dogs will be real, and will talk with the use of computer mouths (kind of like the beasts in Where the Wild Things Are). The press release divides the cast into two camps: the "humans" will be played by Judy Greer and William H. Macy, while "dogs" will include Fergie, Emma Stone, George Lopez, Steve Coogan and Damon and Marlon Wayans. Since the plot involves a "turf war" between "mutts and pedigrees," how much do you want to bet that the British actors (Stone and Coogan) are the pedigrees? And does that mean Marmaduke isn't 100% Great Dane? Scandal!
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