owen wilson to voice marmaduke

A while ago, we brought you the cast list for the upcoming live action-animated feature Marmaduke. The popular comic strip that was based on the misadventures of a Great Dane will be brought to life with the same method used for Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield. According to Reuters, Owen Wilson has landed the role of the mischievous title character, and will lead the voice crew in the film.

The film sees Marmaduke navigate a volatile Mutts vs. Pedigrees turf war, woo the purebred of his dreams and overcome a fall from grace. Judy Greer, Lee Pace and William H. Macy play the humans, while Fergie, Emma Stone, George Lopez, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Steve Coogan, Damon Wayans, Marlon Wayans supply the voices. The film will be directed by Tom Dey and is scheduled for a June 2010 release date.

This may be a toss up for Fox, who is producing the film because today’s younger audience isn’t that familiar with the character of Marmaduke. Even if you were a kid of the nineties the character wasn’t really on your radar, so how do they expect it to fare for children today? Isn’t that the same issue we had with Garfield? And Alvin and the Chipmunks will always be a fluke in my eyes, I don’t understand how that movie became a success.

Marmaduke is a toss up between the previously mentioned properties, so will nostalgia be enough to make it a box office hit or will it depend on the sly vocals of Owen Wilson to carry it over?

Are you interested in seeing Marmaduke the movie?