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Paramount has chosen Owen Wilson to star in its long-in-development remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” to be produced by the father-son team of Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and John Goldwyn. Wilson, who’s starring with Vince Vaughn in New Line’s “Wedding Crashers,” has come aboard as the title character – a man prone to vivid daydreams who finds himself embroiled in a real-life adventure when he falls for the daughter of a bank robber. Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”) will direct from a script by Richard LaGravanese. Samuel Goldwyn has been trying for more than a decade to mount a remake of 1947’s “Walter Mitty,” a comedy in which Danny Kaye played a timid man who daydreams of being a swashbuckling hero. The original was based on a short story by humorist James Thurber.

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