Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Brie Larson And Jason Schwartzman Join Squirrels To The Nuts
Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach share a great history. The writer-directors still make interesting movies without each other, say The Royal Tenenbaums and Greenberg, but there's something special when they work together. Case in point: Fantastic Mr. Fox. The pair haven't really extended themselves much beyond their own work, each with one producer credit not including the films they themselves directed. Actually, Baumbach has only the one (Joe Swanberg's Alexander the Last) while Anderson's extra credit came from the former's Academy Award nominated The Squid and the Whale.
The duo have been trying to add another to their names for some time, coming together to produce Peter Bogdonovich's long gestating Squirrels to the Nuts and with the cast finally starting to come together the film is finally a step closer to getting made. Variety reports Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde and Brie Larson have already joined the cast with Jason Schwartzman also close to coming aboard the project. Of course, Wilson and Schwartzman should fit right in as Anderson regulars and the leading ladies have both recently shone on screen with Wilde the only saving grace in TRON: Legacy and Larson 'Fuck Yeah Mother Fucker'ing in 21 Jump Street.
Written (and to be directed) by Bogdanovich, Squirrels to the Nuts is about a Broadway director (Wilson) who falls in love with a prostitute (Larson) and helps her pursue her acting career. This, of course, is only after he's been paying for her services even though he's married to the production's star. Wilde will play his therapist and there's no word on Schwartzman's role just yet. I know the legendary director hasn't made a feature film in some time, and those leading up to his hiatus were not exactly stellar, but Bogdanovich is still responsible for a few truly great films (Last Picture Show and Paper Moon) and well suited to work with Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach's sensibilities. Add this exciting cast to the (neurotically heavy) talented trio and it makes the screwball comedy seem pretty promising. Squirrels to the Nuts hopes to start shooting in the fall but is still looking for both financing and distribution.
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