The long-awaited film adaptation of Garth Stein’s bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain has begun production. Fox 2000 announced filming has just gotten underway in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This Is It star Milo Ventimiglia is taking on the role of Denny Smith, dog lover and race car driver. Kevin Costner is providing the voice of Enzo, Denny’s beloved best friend and canine companion. The cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Ryan Keira Armstrong, and Martin Donovan.
Simon Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin, My Week with Marilyn) is directing and Mark Bomback (War for the Planet of the Apes, The Wolverine) adapted Stein’s critically acclaimed novel for the screen. Neal H. Moritz, Patrick Dempsey and Tania Landau are producing, with Donald J. Lee and Joannie Burstein on board as executive producers.
The dramatic film will be released theatrically by Twentieth Century Fox.
“We are elated to join forces with this amazing team of filmmakers and cast to bring this long-awaited adaptation to the screen. The book is beloved by millions of people and we believe audiences will also embrace this emotional and uplifting film that shows life through the wise and humorous vision of Enzo, the dog,” stated Fox 2000 President Elizabeth Gabler.
The Plot: Based on the bestselling novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo.
Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift, an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.
The film follows Denny and the loves of his life – his wife, Eve, their young daughter Zoe, and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.