• February 12th, 2017

    Jack Nicholson Is Finally Returning to the Big Screen

    Jack Nicholson Is Finally Returning to the Big Screen

    Jack Nicholson, the iconic Oscar winner and legendary lothario, has not retired. Thank God!

    The 79-year-old actor will return to the screen for the first time since 2010 to star in an English-language remake of Toni Erdmann, Variety reported.

    For those who have not yet seen the original German film—which is nominated for a best foreign language Oscar this month—know that the project seems like a perfect fit for Nicholson. Written and directed by Maren Ade, the movie centers on “a practical joking father (played originally by Peter Simonischek) who tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter (Sandra Hüller) by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.”

    The film received rave reviews after its Cannes Film Festival premiere last year, including one from the exacting A.O. Scott of the New York Times, who offered this description of the character Nicholson will take on.

    It was Nicholson’s idea to take on the role, according to Variety, which reports that the actor “was a huge fan of the original and approached Paramount’s Brad Grey with the idea.”

    The studio has not yet chosen a director, writer, or actress to co-star with Nicholson. The adaptation does already have a team of producers, though, including The Big Short director Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Maren Ade.

    Toni Erdmann will be the first film for Nicholson since 2010’s James L. Brooks dramedy How Do You Know. In the years since that role, Nicholson was rumored to have retired from acting. But in a 2013 interview, Nicholson clarified that he hasn’t quit acting—he’s just quit hitting on women.

    Click here to take a look at the trailer for the original Toni Erdmann to get a better idea of the role Nicholson will conquer as his big-screen comeback.

    After news of Nicholson’s big return to the screen broke Tuesday, the trades began reporting another major casting coup: Kristen Wiig will reportedly join the American Toni Erdmann remake as the daughter of Nicholson’s character, the part originally played by Sandra Hüller.

     


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