A DOG'S PURPOSE
"What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason? Is there a point to any
of this? And why does food taste so much better in the trash?"
Based on author W. BRUCE CAMERON's beloved best-selling novel, A Dog's Purpose,
from director Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot
Journey), shares the heartwarming and surprising story of one devoted dog
(voiced by JOSH GAD of Frozen) who finds the meaning of his own existence
through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
Over the course of five decades, a single voice-that of an indefatigable
dog-takes us along a riveting and uplifting path that speaks to the heart of
anyone who has ever loved an animal. Although he is reincarnated in the bodies
of multiple canines through the years, it is his unbreakable bond with a kindred
spirit named Ethan that carries and inspires one dog throughout his journey to
find a true purpose for his boy.
In 1962, eight-year-old Ethan Montgomery (BRYCE GHEISAR of Walk the Prank) and
his mother (JULIET RYLANCE of The Knick) rescue a Golden Retriever puppy they
discover suffering inside a hot car. Despite the reservations of Ethan's father
(LUKE KIRBY of The Astronaut Wives Club), the family adopts the pup they name
Bailey, and the friendship of a lifetime ensues.
Bailey is wholly the responsibility of Ethan-who feeds, walks and trains his
puppy, as well as teaches him unforgettable tricks along the way. As Ethan
becomes a teenager (KJ APA of Shortland Street), he finds his first romantic
love in the charming and caring Hannah (BRITT ROBERTSON of Tomorrowland), while
remaining inseparable with his faithful Bailey.
Fresh off of a football career-ending injury and a devastating breakup with
Hannah, Ethan heads to college to begin his next chapter. Unable to bring Bailey
with him, he has to leave his trusty companion at home. While away at school,
the aging Bailey becomes sick, and Ethan makes it to the veterinarian just in
time for their final goodbye. Ethan is inconsolable.
Just as we think that is the end of their bond...Bailey is reborn in the body of
Ellie, a German Shepherd K-9 first responder with the Chicago Police Department.
Indeed, no one is more surprised at this turn of events than the wiggly puppy
who knows he is still Ethan's best friend. The audience next meets
reincarnations of Bailey as a Corgi named Tino, then an Australian Shepherd/St.
Bernard mix named Buddy.
Though Bailey is unsure why his soul keeps returning again and again for new
adventures, he will discover that the purpose of his many lifetimes is more
crucial to his boy than he could have ever imagined.
Joining the talented cast of A Dog's Purpose are DENNIS QUAID (Far From Heaven,
The Rookie) and PEGGY LIPTON (When in Rome, Twin Peaks) as Ethan and Hannah as
adults; JOHN ORTIZ (Silver Linings Playbook, American Gangster) as Carlos,
Ellie's police officer owner; KIRBY HOWELL-BAPTISTE (Love, House of Lies) as
Maya, Tino's human; POOCH HALL (Ray Donovan, The Game) as Al, Maya's love
interest; and NICOLE LAPLACA (Another Cinderella Story) and PRIMO ALLON (The Age
of Adaline) as Wendi and Victor, Buddy's neglectful owners, whose carelessness
will ultimately lead our hero home.
Hallstrom welcomes a talented behind-the-scenes group of collaborators to the
film. Led by producer GAVIN POLONE (Zombieland, Panic Room), they include
cinematographer TERRY STACEY (Safe Haven, 50/50), production designer MICHAEL
CARLIN (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, In Bruges), editor ROBERT LEIGHTON (A Few
Good Men), costume designer SHAY CUNLIFFE (We're the Millers), as well as
Academy Award-winning composer RACHEL PORTMAN (Emma, Cider House Rules).
A Dog's Purpose is adapted for the screen by Cameron & CATHRYN MICHON (Muffin
Top: A Love Story) and AUDREY WELLS (Shall We Dance) and MAYA FORBES (Infinitely
Polar Bear) & WALLY WOLODARSKY (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days).
ALAN BLOMQUIST (Walk the Line), MARK SOURIAN (Need for Speed) and LAUREN
PFEIFFER (Twisted) serve as executive producers.
The film told from the dog's perspective will be released by Universal Pictures.
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