The dog pack is getting bigger
Lisa Kudrow has joined Emma Roberts and Don Cheadle in DreamWorks' live-action canine caper "Hotel for Dogs." Johnny Simmons also is joining the film, which is being directed by Thor Freudenthal. "Dogs," based on Lois Duncan's 1971 children's book, revolves around two orphaned teenagers who secretly house nine stray canines in an abandoned hotel. Kudrow will play a foster parent to two siblings, one of which is Roberts' character. Simmons will play the love interest of Roberts' character.
Lauren Shuler Donner, Jack Leslie and Jon Gordon are producing the film, which is set to begin shooting early next month. Jeff Lowell penned the screenplay. Kudrow's upcoming feature projects include the comedy drama "P.S., I Love You" and "Kabluey." She also will star in and produce the black comedy "Intense Girl Scouts" for Sony.Simmons, who recently joined Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in Frank Miller's "The Spirit" for Lionsgate, next appears in Columbia's horror feature "Boogieman 2." He also appeared in Universal's "Evan Almighty." Kudrow is repped by Endeavor and attorney Mark Gochman. Simmons is repped by Endeavor, Untitled Entertainment and attorney Frank Stewart.