Emma Roberts to co-star in film adaptation

Don Cheadle is barking up a new tree. The actor has signed on to co-star in DreamWorks’ live-action “Hotel for Dogs.”

Emma Roberts has already boarded the film, which is based on Lois Duncan’s 1971 children’s book of the same name.

Story revolves around two orphaned teenagers who hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. Cheadle will play a beleaguered social worker who keeps the kids out of trouble. Jeff Lowell penned the screenplay.

Project, which begins shooting in early November, marks Thor Freudenthal’s feature directorial debut.

Jon Gordon, Lauren Shuler Donner and Jack Leslie are producing.

Cheadle most recently appeared in Warner Bros.’ “Ocean’s Thirteen,” Columbia’s “Reign Over Me” and Focus Features’ “Talk to Me.”

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