Will Arnett is linking up with Show Dogs, an upcoming comedy for 2017 that will bring together a mixture of big names and superbly underrated acting talent all under the one banner. 57-year old Raja Gosnell will direct the feature after working on The Smurfs and it's 2013 sequel, as well as the live-action Scooby Doo flick.
Open Road Films and Riverstone Pictures have signed on to share the co-financing and producing responsibilities while the executive producing team has been beefed up via Tom Ortenberg, Nik Bower, Max Botkin, Scott Lambert, Yu Fai Suen, Robert Norrisa and Gosnell himself. Deepak Nayar and Philip von Alvensleben will be prevalent on set as producers for good measure.
Cast Coming From A Wide Range of Angles
Making a go of it in Hollywood with cameos in the Fast & Furious franchise, recording artist Ludacris has been cast to voice Arnett's sidekick as "a rugged lone-wolf Rottweiler NYPD police dog." With Arnett taking on an FBI agent, three performers never mentioned in the same sentence until now will follow suit with Ludacris. Providing voice work for other dogs, we find Stanley Tucci, Shaquille O'Neal and Alan Cumming.
56-year old Tucci has an expanding arsenal when it comes to his career choices. Transitioning from serious dramas like Spotlight to blockbusters including Captain America: The First Avenger, Transformers: Age of Extinction to all three trilogies in The Hunger Games series. Former LA Lakers legend O'Neal has less credits in the bank on screen starting with 1996's Shazam to a cameo in Adam Sandler's 2014 flick Blended. While Scottish actor Cumming has flown under the radar with roles in GoldenEye, Spy Kids and X2 among others.
Netflix Natasha Cashes In On New TV Fame
37-year old New Yorker Natasha Lyonne has been around the block a few times. But, depending on your vintage, you will more than likely find her face familiar from one of two productions - the American Pie franchise, or the hit Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black. Lyonne will play an undercover seasoned dog trainer helping Arnett on his quest to expose illegal animal trainers as the actress builds on her work.
Featuring way back in 1993's Dennis the Menace to cameos in Detroit Rock City, Blade: Trinity, Scary Movie 2 and Kate & Leopold, it is these two performances she is remembered most. Show Dogs won't likely be a show stopper, but it puts Lyonne back in the conversation and pits her alongside some big names in the industry.