Cannes: Larry Charles Teaming With Luke and Owen Wilson on Prison Comedy (Exclusive)

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From left: Owen Wilson, Larry Charles, Luke Wilson

Martin Lawrence will co-star in the untitled project, which Voltage Pictures is shopping to buyers in Cannes.

Borat director Larry Charles and the Wilson brothers are teaming up on a broad comedy that will co-star Martin Lawrence.

Luke Wilson will star as Howie Summers, a man falsely accused of a bank robbery who, thanks to his criminally incompetent lawyer (Owen Wilson), finds himself serving a life sentence in prison. On the advice of his cellmate Slick (Lawrence), he finds a wife on the outside and marries the seemingly sweet, demure woman.

When, shortly afterwards, Howie is exonerated, he suddenly finds himself married to a woman he barely knows.

Luke Wilson co-wrote the script to the as-yet untitled project with Buck Ritchey. The film is set to begin shooting July 11.

Voltage Pictures is shopping the project to buyers in Cannes.

Best known for his work with Sacha Baron Cohen, including Borat, Brüno and The Dictator, Charles recently wrapped production on Army of One, a comedy starring Nicolas Cage as a civilian who sets off on his own to hunt down Osama Bin Laden. He is repped by WME.

Luke Wilson next appears, alongside Judy Greer and Cannes jury member Donald Sutherland, in the Jim Loach-directed dramedy The Measure of a Man. He is repped by CAA.

Owen Wilson, who is repped by UTA, stars with Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig in the upcoming heist comedy Masterminds.

May 10, 6.05 a.m.: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Luke Wilson's character played a lawyer in the film. The Hollywood Reporter regrets the error. The story also has updated casting on the project.

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