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Paul Dano to Direct His First Film, Based on the Novel ‘Wildlife’

He also co-wrote the script with Zoe Kazan.

Paul Dano in "Swiss Army Man"

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Emboldened, perhaps, by the life-affirming message of “Swiss Army Man,” Paul Dano is set to go behind the camera for the first time. The actor will make his directorial debut with “Wildlife,” an adaptation of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel that Dano has co-written along with Zoe Kazan.

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Neither actor is expected to appear onscreen in the film, reports Variety. “Wildlife” tells of a teenager named Joe Brinson whose parents’ marriage slowly dissolves after the family moves to Montana in 1960. Dano and Kazan have been in a relationship since 2007 and co-starred in “Ruby Sparks” (which Kazan wrote solo) together four years ago. Kazan’s recent credits include “Our Brand Is Crisis” and the South by Southwest premiere “My Blind Brother,” while Dano has been seen in “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners” and “Love & Mercy.”

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Kazan will also executive-produce “Wildlife,” with Dano co-producing alongside Alex Saks, Oren Moverman and Ann Ruark. No release date or casting announcements have been made.

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