Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne to star in “Show Dogs” family-comedy

This dog is playing the fish out of water

A new live-action comedy from Open Road Films and Riverstone Pictures is putting together quite an eclectic cast. The family comedy will feature Will Arnett (Lego Batman, BoJack Horseman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Flaked on Netflix) and Natasha Lyonne (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK). Joining them in the all-star voice cast will be Ludacris, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Gabriel Iglesias and Shaquille O’Neal.

According to the studio, “Show Dogs” stars a charming and lovable cast of talking canine characters, including our hero Max (voiced by Ludacris), a rugged lone-wolf Rottweiler NYPD police dog. Max and his human FBI partner (Will Arnett) are investigating the kidnapping of a baby panda by an underground network of illegal animal traders when they get a tip that the crime ring is planning to sell the panda at the prestigious Canini Invitational Dog Show. The uber-macho Max must undergo a makeover with the help of a seasoned trainer (Natasha Lyonne) – mud baths, ballet lessons – to go undercover in order to thwart the plot. The studio teases the story saying, “In the hands of his new human handler Frank, Max gets in touch with his inner show dog, and also learns that trusting the help of others can sometimes be more rewarding than working alone.”

The film commenced principal photography on November 28th at Pinewood Studio Wales in the United Kingdom. Open Road International, through its partnership with FilmNation Entertainment, will handle international sales on “Show Dogs” with Riverstone Pictures, Wales Screen (advised by Pinewood Pictures) and Pinewood Films providing financing.

“Show Dogs” was written by Max Botkin and is a Riverstone Pictures and Open Road Films production in association with Kintop Pictures and Alive Entertainment. Producers are Deepak Nayar and Philip von Alvensleben. Tom Ortenberg, Nik Bower, Max Botkin, Raja Gosnell and Scott Lambert are executive producers, with Yu Fai Suen and Robert Norris.