Every time your dog sticks its head out of the car window as you’re driving, just imagine him talking like Kevin Costner. The Oscar winner lends his voice to Enzo, a Golden Retriever, in the 20th Century Fox film “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”
The film’s story is told through the eyes of that adorable pup, who looks after his owner, played by Milo Ventimiglia, and his owner’s bride-to-be, played by Amanda Seyfried. But he also waxes poetic about his own dreams to live like a human and be a racer himself.
“Call it fate, call it luck. All I knew was I was meant to be his dog,” Enzo says in the trailer. “The best drivers don’t dwell on the future or the past. The best drivers focus only on the present.”
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is based on the 2008 novel by Garth Stein, which was hailed as a philosophical, heart-warming tale as viewed from the eyes of a dog. And the film aims to follow in that style.
Simon Curtis directed from a screenplay by Mark Bomback. Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Ryan Kiera Armstrong and Martin Donovan also co-star. Neal H. Moritz, Patrick Dempsey, Tania Landau serve as producers.
Disney is releasing the Fox film on Aug. 9. Watch the first trailer above. Check out the official synopsis below:
Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life – his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.