Phil Morrison, who directed the tender and beautiful "Junebug," which made a star and Academy Award nominee out of Amy Adams, is finally back with his sophomore feature effort. And he's rounded up a helluva cast. Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins will star in the comedy "Lucky Dog," the wild premise of which centers on two rival French-Canadian conmen who pair up on a get-rich-quick scheme to sell Christmas trees in New York. Two things: 1) WTF and 2) Awesome.
Melissa James Gibson penned the script and we only hope to see Rudd and Giamatti fully embrace some Franco-Canadian zaniness. It's certainly a big left turn for Morrison, though perhaps not entirely surprising as he did just recently helm an episode of HBO's "Enlightened." But he's got a great cast and premise, and we're stoked to see him back. And it shouldn't be long -- filming begins next month in New York. Zut alors! [Deadline]