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Wilson joins Portman

06.21.2004

Owen Wilson has signed on to co-star with Natalie Portman in the comedy THE SMOKER. Wilson will star as a teacher at a prestigious all-girls school who finds himself the subject of a student's affection and eventually her proposal to marry. Her tries to reason with the girl's parents but to no avail - they actually think it's a good idea. Richard Linklater (SCHOOL OF ROCK) will direct the film once he finished production on the Keanu Reeves flick A SCANNER DARKLY. Betty Thomas (PRIVATE PARTS) was at one point attached to direct but eventually dropped out. SMOKER was adapted by Peter Tolan (ANALYZE THIS) and is based on a short story by David Schickler that originally appeared in the New Yorker. Wilson is currently filming THE WEDDING CRASHERS with Vince Vaughn and Portman has GARDEN STATE set for release this July and CLOSER with Julia Roberts due at the end of the year.

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