Owen Wilson Taking Another Shot at Action Movies

The Midnight in Paris comedian will star in The Coup, a thriller in the vein of Taken.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Do you remember when Owen Wilson was a big action star? Wait, strike that. Do you remember when Owen Wilson tried to be a big action star? After making a big splash in Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, Wilson was obviously a star on the rise, but Hollywood didn't know what to do with him at first, bouncing him from comedies like The Cable Guy and Meet the Parents to dramas like The Minus Man and Permanent Midnight. And at some point, the industry thought he could be a big action star too, leading to films like Shanghai Noon and Behind Enemy Lines. They did already (and Shanghai Noon is actually pretty good), but Wilson eventually got comfortable in comedic roles, and that's where he stayed for the better part of a decade… until now.

Deadline reports that Owen Wilson has signed on to star in The Coup, a new action drama from John Eric Dowdle. It's a changeup for Dowdle as well, since he's used to helming horror movies like Quarantine and Devil. Their new film is described as, "an intense thriller centered on an American family that moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves embroiled in a violent coup where rebels mercilessly attack the city." Wilson will play the father figure, who goes on a journey similar to Taken. It's hard to imagine Owen Wilson torturing somebody without making it a little laid back. "Sup? Yeah, I'm gonna have to… torture you, or… Are you comfortable? This doesn't have to be a chore."

The Coup is being developed by Crime Scene, the same production company behind another unusual project, David Gordon Green's remake of Suspiria. Gotta respect a company willing to take a gamble. Will it pay off?

CraveOnline will be back with more The Coup news after we come up with a reference for that.