'Welcome to the Dollhouse' Sequel 'Wiener-Dog' to Star Greta Gerwig

'Welcome to the Dollhouse' Sequel 'Wiener-Dog' to Star Greta Gerwig

Oct 27, 2014

Master of misery Todd Solondz hasn’t made a feature film since 2011’s Dark Horse, which the Village Voice called “neither incisively black comic nor particularly attuned to human behavior—proof that some directors, at least, do end up the way they started out.” We’ve had our eye out for signs of life, and finally we have something. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Solondz will be making a kind-of, sort-of sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse—the film that put him on the map.

Solondz wants to make the ensemble indie Wiener-Dog, featuring multiple stories, tied together thematically by a dachshund. One of the tales will center on Dawn Wiener—the awkward adolescent Jerseyite who is relentlessly abused by the kids in her junior high and contends with her clueless family. THR also reports that Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig are in talks to star in the movie, “featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.” Are we sure this is a Solondz film?

Heather Matarazzo played Dawn Wiener in the 1995 coming-of-age comedy, but won’t be returning to the role. We’re guessing Gerwig is a potential for that part as she fits Dawn’s age bracket. Welcome to the Dollhouse won the Grand Jury Prize for best dramatic feature at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and became a cult hit, setting Solondz up for his controversial career.




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