Residents of the Twin Cities, keep your eyes open for Woody Harrelson this summer. He’s starring in the new Craig Johnson film, Wilson, which is now in production in St. Paul. Wilson is an adaptation of the Daniel Clowes graphic novel of the same name. Johnson’s last film, The Skeleton Twins, was a pitch-black comedy–if it even was a comedy–and he’s a fine match for Clowes’ satirical bleakness.
Harrelson will play the titular character, a lonely, divorced, middle-age misanthrope who discovers that he has a teenage daughter. In his attempt to connect with her, Wilson is thrust back into contact with his ex-wife, plaeyed by Oscar-nominee Laura Dern (Wild).
Judy Greer (Jurassic World) and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will also star in the film.
Johnson, a longtime fan of Clowes, is a perfect choice, given the tone and humor of The Skeleton Twins. “I’ve been a fan of Dan Clowes’ cartoons and writing for years,” says Johnson. “I own all of his comic books and graphic novels, including Wilson, so when I got the script, I couldn’t quite believe it. It’s a privilege to be working on a project of this pedigree — a project written by Dan Clowes, starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern and brought to life by Fox Searchlight. I’m honored to be part of it.”