Warner Brothers hopes it can lure Jack Nicholson from Laker Land in hopes to have him act opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the up-coming film “The Judge.”
Nicholson, who seems to be slowing down in his workload after a legendary and prolific career, and is being targeted to play a town judge who is suspected to have murdered his wife. Downey’s character, a lawyer, will be moving the narrative of the story along. The twist for the movie is that Downey will investigate Nicholson’s judge character who is the father as well.
The big question mark will be on Nicholson who has only been apart of three movies since 2003, the best of the bunch being Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.” Even with that movie now part of his legacy, he has not acted on screen since 2010. Sources say that Downey will meet with Nicholson this week to discuss what his future involvement will be.
Downey seems quite committed to the making of this film with Hollywood speculation saying he wants it to be the next film after “Ironman 3.”
The movie shows promise anchored by these two leads, but if Nicholson doesn’t accept, it doesn’t have to be the movie’s ultimate unraveling. Michael Caine would be a fine choice, if it is possible to curb his Cockney accent. There are other suitable candidates such as Gene Hackman or Donald Sutherland.
What kind of take will this movie have is anyone’s guess right now. The story seems to be a crime drama while the chosen director, David Dobkin, has his bread and butter in making comedies.
“The Judge” is projected to debut next year, and hopefully, will make good use of Nicholson’s talents.