The Smoker: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Owen Wilson is in negotiations to star opposite Natalie Portman in the Scott Rudin/Paramount Pictures feature The Smoker. Richard Linklater is set to direct the film that follows a teacher at an all-girls' school whose student proposes to him.

The project is based on a short story of the same name by David Schickler that originally appeared in the New Yorker.

Wilson's recent films include The Wedding Crashers, Cars, The Wendell Baker Story and The Life Aquatic.

The film begins production October 1st.

Brian B.