August 5th, 2016   Posted by admin

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time actor will play James Bowen, the formerly homeless busker whose books about his life with the scarf-wearing mog have been translated into more than 30 languages.


British actor Luke Treadaway will star as James Bowen, the former drug addict whose books about his life on the streets with a ginger cat named Bob have sold more than 4m copies worldwide, reports Variety.

The film version of Bowen’s first book, A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, is due to shoot this October with Tomorrow Never Dies’ Roger Spottiswoode working from a screenplay by British writer Tim John. Spooks: Code 9 actor Ruta Gedmintas will also take an unspecified role.

Bowen became famous around the world after videos of the busker and his cat Bob on the streets of Covent Garden and Piccadilly began to hit YouTube. His first book, written with Garry Jenkins, has since been translated into 30 languages and spent more than 76 weeks atop the Sunday Times bestseller list.

The British busker, who had been living in sheltered accommodation in Tottenham, London, in 2007 when he came across a dishevelled and uncared-for Bob, credits the cat with saving his life because he was forced to get his life together in order to look after him. Bowen eventually quit the methadone program he had been on and has since co-written six books about his life with the cat.

Treadaway, 30, is best known for appearances as Prokopion in the 2010 remake of fantasy epic Clash of the Titans, as posh stoner Brewis in 2011 Joe Cornish sci-fi romp Attack the Block and as prisoner of war Miller in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken last year. He also starred in an acclaimed stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

There is, thus far, no word on who will portray Bob, but Bowen suggested in 2013 that the cat might star as himself. “Who else could play him? He’s such a character,” he told the Guardian.

Source: The Guardian