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In the 1970s, Peter Bogdanovich was in his prime, churning out engaging and celebrated cinema like bleak drama The Last Picture Show and con man comedy Paper Moon. Lately Bogdanovich has been working more often as an actor and professor than as a director. But finally, after a 12 year sabbatical from narrative film, Bogdanovich is prepping his follow-up to the 2001 historical conspiracy comedy The Cat's Meow.
Formerly known as Squirrel to Nuts, this new comedy called She's Funny That Way stars Owen Wilson as a married Broadway producer whose head is turned by a prostitute turned aspiring actress, whom he decides to help in her newly minted career. THR reports Jennifer Aniston has just joined the cast that already includes Jason Schwartzman, Cybill Shepherd, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn and Brie Larson. As 21 Jump Street's Larson was among the earliest cast, I'm suspecting she'll play the aforementioned female lead. For her part, Aniston is set to portray a therapist whose mother is an alcoholic in rehab.
While the premise sounds like something Woody Allen would tackle, She's Funny That Way is being produced by an unexpected pair: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. This marks the second film Anderson has produced that he hasn't also helmed. Notable, the first was Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale. But shooting in New York City, She's Funny That Way will be lensing on turf both producers are very familiar with.
She's Funny That Way will begin production in New York this June.