Owen Wilson Back to Action and Protecting His Family in 'The Coup'
The last time Owen Wilson starred in anything resembling an action movie was 2004's Starsky & Hutch, but even that was more of a comedy than an action thriller. So we have to go all the way back to 2001's Behind Enemy Lines to remember a time when Wilson was considered a viable star in that realm. According to Deadline, Wilson will make his return to the genre in The Coup, an intense thriller from Devil director John Erick Dowdle. The story follows an American family that moves to Southeast Asia and gets caught up in a violent coup when rebels attack and Wilson will play the father who must protect them in the chaos.
John Erick Dowdle co-wrote the script with his brother Drew, and if you didn't see their M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil, you may recognize them as the men responsible for Quarantine, the American remake of the first [REC] movie. Say what you will about the overall quality of their filmography - for what it's worth, I enjoyed Quarantine - but these brothers have a clear passion for filmmaking that shines through in their work. I'm excited to see what they can do in a genre that's a bit outside their wheelhouse, and I'm curious to see if Wilson can make the transition smooth from comedy star back into action.