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Warner Bros. is reportedly interested in casting iconic actor Jack Nicholson to star alongside Robert Downey Jr. in the Avengers star’s The Judge.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is actively pursuing the three-time Oscar winner, who has become very picky when it comes to the roles he takes.
The site notes that Warner Bros. has already sent him an unofficial offer to play Downey’s father in the project, which was first written by Nick Schenk. It was recently rewritten by Bill Dubuque.
The Judge will star Downey as an attorney who returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral. His estranged father, who is the town judge and has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, is the murder suspect. Downey’s character will have to reconnect with the family he walked out on years ago.
As Vulture notes, the film is being directed by David Dobkin, who directed Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus.
Nicholson, who is now 75, has only been in three movies since 2003, including The Departed and The Bucket List, which were both made at Warner Bros. He recently passed on a project that would have reunited him with Something’s Gotta Give director Nancy Meyers.
Downey will meet with Nicholson next week, according to sources. He hopes that The Judge will be his next film after Iron Man 3, which opens next year.