Weiner-Dog, the long-awaited sequel to 1996’s kooky and lovable indie gem Welcome to the Dollhouse has started shooting, which should send hearts leaping into mouths with excitement and anticipation. But allow those hearts to plummet south again, for the one nicknamed Weiner-Dog, one Heather Matarazzo, who starred as Dawn Weiner in Welcome to the Dollhouse, will not appear in it. And that’s like a sequel to Juno without Juno, or a sequel to Napoleon Dynamite without the eponymous laconic teen. We get a grown-up Greta Gerwig instead of the perfectly awkward (to this day! and that’s a compliment) Heather Matarazzo. But this is what is happening. We knew life was unfair. To helpfully raise hearts back up again comes the fact that an actual weiner dog, a daschund, will also appear in the movie Weiner-Dog, which takes a bit of the sting out of no Heather Matarazzo. Also, the cast is stellar.
Variety reports that Greta Gerwig will play the adult Dawn Wiener. Also starring in Weiner-Dog are Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and Tracy Letts – and a daschund. Weiner-Dog is currently filming in New York City, so keep an eye peeled for this great cast and that cute dog.
The film is a follow-up to Solondz’s 1996 drama “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” in which the main character, Dawn Wiener — played by Heather Matarazzo — was teased with the nickname “Wiener Dog.” The castings of Gerwig, who will be playing the adult version of Dawn Weiner, and Delpy had been previously announced.
Megan Ellison is producing through her Annapurna Pictures alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films. David Distenfeld is the executive overseeing the project for Annapurna Pictures, and David Hinojosa is overseeing for Killer Films.
The film tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.
Filming is taking place in New York City. Since “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” Solondz has directed “Life During Wartime,” “Happyness,” “Palindromes,” “Storytelling” and “Dark Horse.”