Todd Solondz has created worlds and characters so unique and compelling that one film can’t contain them. Eleven years after “Happiness,” the filmmaker returned (sorta) to concerns and lives in that milieu (with some of the parts recast, and other tweaks) with “Life During Wartime,” and now he’s doing the same with his breakout film “Welcome To The Dollhouse.”
THR reports that Solondz is working on “Wiener-Dog,” which will feature an ensemble cast rotating around a dachshund forming the thematic backdrop of the movie. (Uh, okay). But the biggest point of interest is that one of the film’s threads will catch up with the adult Dawn Wiener, which will be played by Greta Gerwig. And yes, that sounds pretty damn great. Julie Delpy is also in discussions for a role,. Casting is underway and the project is picking up forward momentum thanks to Megan Ellison, who can once again be thanked for backing an auteur in a climate where getting movies like this made is harder and harder. And in case you’re wondering, no, Heather Matarazzo, the original Dawn, won’t be appearing.