Todd Solondz has indeed assembled a thoroughly Solondz-esque cast for his next film “Wiener-Dog.” As previously announced, Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig will lead an ensemble that now features Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and playwright Tracy Letts.
The film tells several stories revolving around one particular dachshund who, according to Annapurna Pictures, “seems to be spreading comfort and joy.” Let it be known that in Solondz’s world grotesque yet lovable misanthropes, from “Happiness” to “Storytelling” and most recently “Dark Horse,” all is never what it seems.
One character returning from his cabinet of weirdos is Dawn Wiener (Gerwig), the unpopular, scrunchy-wearing, sourly nicknamed 7th grade suburbanite immortalized by Heather Matarazzo in 1995 cult black comedy “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” Another sort-of Solondz sequel, “Palindromes,” began with Wiener’s funeral, so it will be interesting to see how Solondz plays with this character as an adult.
Filming is now underway in New York City. Megan Ellison is producing through her Annapurna Pictures alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films. David Distenfeld is the executive overseeing the project for Annapurna Pictures and David Hinojosa is the executive overseeing for Killer Films.