WWE’s Matthew Bloom & German Star Rosalie Thomass Bridge Cultures with Pickles, Wrestling & Bulldogs
The Dog Wedding, a romantic comedy about a German businesswoman (Rosalie Thomass) who falls for an American wrestler (Matthew Bloom) while planning their English Bulldogs’ wedding, opens in New York at Cinema Village on March 11 and Los Angeles at Laemmle Music Hall on March 18.
The film’s Premium VOD release arrives on iTunes, Verizon Fios and Dish Network for Valentine’s Day.
“The movie is about how dogs bring people together, even those you would least expect,” said 6’8”, 360-pound Mr. Bloom, who is known worldwide for his 15-year career with WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling. “I’ve had bulldogs my whole life and we’ve made all kinds of friends at the dog park.”
Rosalie Thomass, the acclaimed German film star, makes her U.S. film debut in The Dog Wedding. In January 2016, she won Best Actress at the Bavarian Film Awards for famed director Doris Dörrie’s Greetings From Fukushima, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 13.
“Dogs getting married was new to me,” Ms. Thomass confessed. “I was thrilled to explore how my character – an overworked executive at odds with her father over the direction of the family pickle empire – would change when drawn into this wild American world of dog weddings, musclemen and cosplay.”
Bernhard Schütz, the prolific German actor who plays the executive’s overbearing CEO/father, previously appeared alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man. The wrestler’s Mom is Deanna “Queen Kong” Booher of Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.) and Spaceballs.
“Pairing pro wrestlers with dramatic German actors unleashed a comedic clash of cultures,” said James Lefkowitz, the film’s Director. Mr. Lefkowitz previously produced Best Picture winners at Slamdance (Tijuana Makes Me Happy) and Milan (Picture Me). “We enjoy toeing the line where fiction meets reality by casting actors whose own backgrounds parallel their characters.”
The film is also the big screen debut for 100 canine couples who won “The Dog Wedding” Photo Contest. Over 500 photos of dogs in wedding attire, from 41 states and 12 countries, garnered 250,000 votes (including two from Sarah Jessica Parker). The winners, which total 3 million social media followers, include rescue ambassadogs Titus & Hailey, celebrity rescue Chloe Kardoggian and the inspirational Simon The Blind Pug. Their photos grace the film’s unique opening credit sequence.
For every ticket, copy and download sold, The Dog Wedding donates to canine charities. “We’re proud to support Canine Companions for Independence, Long Island Bulldog Rescue and other organizations dedicated to animal welfare and the human-canine bond,” said Jason B. Hurwitz, the film’s Producer. “Our sold-out film premieres already raised over $20,000 in charity donations and gifts.”
The Dog Wedding is distributed theatrically by 25th Frame and Double Exposure Distribution and on VOD by Quiver Digital. It is produced by Hurwitz, Lefkowitz and Bloom from a script written by Hurwitz and Lefkowitz. The film is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.