Elijah Wood as "Ryan" and Jason Gann as “Wilfred”
FX has ordered Wilfred, a new comedy series starring Elijah Wood as an introvert trying to find happiness, the network announced Monday.
Adapted from the Australian series of the same name, the show revolves around Ryan (Wood) and his alter ego/imaginary friend Wilfred. Wilfred appears as a dog to the outside world, and as a walking, talking man in a dog costume to Ryan. Jason Gann, who co-created and starred in the original series, will play Wilfred.
Wilfred is "part Labrador retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender," executive producer David Zuckerman says.
Elijah Wood signs on for first starring TV role with Wilfred pilot
"We loved how well the pilot turned out, and we were blown away by the chemistry between Elijah Wood and Jason Gann," FX Executive Vice President of Original Programming Nick Grad said. "It's a very unique concept and we think David Zuckerman has a great take on it."
Wilfred joins FX's growing line-up of original comedies, including Louie, Archer, The League, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The 13-episode series is set to bow in Summer 2011.