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Berlin: Danny Trejo, Malcolm McDowell, Jerry O’Connell Join 'Pups Alone' (Exclusive)

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Dolph Lundgren, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rob Schneider, Keith David, Nicholas Turturro and Eric Roberts also star in the Christmas canine crime caper.

A litter of names have been added to the cast of upcoming Christmas canine crime caper Pups Alone, which VMI is selling at Berlin's European Film Market.

Danny Trejo (Machete, Spy Kids), Jerry O'Connell (Star Trek: Lower Decks, Billions) and Malcolm McDowell (Bombshell, Truth Seekers) will lend their voices to the live-action feature, which also stars Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), Jennifer Love Hewitt (9-1-1), Rob Schneider (Deuce Bigalow), Keith David (The Princess and the Frog), Nicholas Turturro (BlacKkKlansman) and Eric Roberts (Runaway Train).

Directed by Alex Merkin (Altitude) from an original concept and screenplay by Brandon Burrows and Jason Gruich, the film sees Lundgren play the primary antagonist Victor VonManure, the conniving and obnoxious next-door neighbor to the inventor of a dog collar that translates canine thoughts into words. When Victor hires two inept thieves to steal the invention while the inventor is away on a company ski trip, the neighborhood dogs catch wind of the plan and join forces to set up a house of horrors to stop the would-be robbers. The Hollywood Reporter unveiled the first look image from the film earlier this week.

"It’s an embarrassment of riches to have these legends join Pups. Danny, Jerry and Malcolm are pitch perfect in their performances and we can’t wait to share them," said Burrows.

Burrows (The Last Son) of Firebrand and Courtney Lauren Penn (The Last Son) of Renegade Entertainment produce, with Andre Relis of VMI and Jack Bowyer (Gallowwalkers) serving as executive producers.

Trejo is represented by Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency, O’Connell by 3 Arts Entertainment, ICM and Danis, Panaro, Nist Talent and McDowell by Chris Roe Management


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