The film, an adaptation of Daniel Clowes graphic novel directed by Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”), follows a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope named Wilson (Harrelson) who reunites with his estranged wife (Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met.
Principal photography on the film written by Clowes (“Ghost World”) began in Minnesota this week.
Mary Jane Skalski and Jared Ian Goldman are producing, while Fox Searchlight Pictures senior vice president of production, David Greenbaum, is overseeing the project with director of production Richard Gold.
“I’ve been a fan of Dan Clowes’ cartoons and writing for years,” Johnson said. “I own all of his comic books and graphic novels, including Wilson, so when I got the script, I couldn’t quite believe it. It’s a privilege to be working on a project of this pedigree — a project written by Dan Clowes, starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern and brought to life by Fox Searchlight. I’m honored to be part of it.”