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'Winn'-Win Situation

Dave Matthews plans Hollywood acting debut -- The rocker will play a drifter in family movie set in a Florida town

If you were Dave Matthews, what would you say to a role in a Hollywood studio movie? According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor said yes to costarring in ''Because of Winn-Dixie,'' a family drama from Twentieth Century Fox that Wayne Wang (''Maid in Manhattan'') will direct in late September. Based on Kate Dicamillo's novel, it's about a girl who moves with her preacher father (Jeff Daniels) to a small Florida town where she knows no one, but a big dog, Winn-Dixie (she names him after the supermarket where she finds him) helps her befriend a colorful group of locals, including a drifter (Matthews) and a librarian (Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint).

Matthews, whose solo debut, ''Some Devil,'' comes out Sept. 23, has acted before, in another coming-of-age film about a small-town kid who loves dogs. He plays the main character's dad in the independently-made remake of ''Where the Red Fern Grows,'' which was shot in 1999, but which has so far been screened only at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2003