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Thus far the casting for David Dobkin's upcoming dramedy The Judge has been all about the boys. In addition to Robert Downey Jr., who has been attached to the project since last April, the last week has seen the film sign on Robert Duvall, Vincent D'onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton. The latest addition, however, finally adds a pair of X chromosomes to the mix. Vera Farmiga, who was just featured in the debut episode of the Bates Motel television series, based on Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, has signed on to play the female lead in The Judge. Scripted by Bill Dubuque, Nick Schenk, and David Seidler, the film centers on a big-city lawyer (Downey Jr.) who returns home after spending years away to attend his mother's funeral, but is shocked to learn that his father (Duvall), the local judge, is suspected of murdering her. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
Though it may have recently lost Jack Nicholson, David Dobkin’s The Judge is none the poorer for star power. Following the recent announcement of Nicholson’s replacement by Robert Duvall, Deadline has confirmed today that Vincent D’Onofrio has joined the project as Duvall’s son. His brother, to be played by Robert Downey Jr., will return home following their mother’s death and their father’s possible involvement as a prime suspect. Throw in said father’s Alzheimer’s and you’ve got a neat board upon which to pin performances from a typically dependable cast.
The film, whose scripting duties began with Gran Torino’s Nick Schenck and ended with The King’s Speech’s David Seidler, is also looking to add Billy Bob Thornton to its already-impressive lineup as the prosecutor for presumed courtroom scenes that ought to, on thespian merit alone, really light up the screen. »
- Paul McNamee
Robert Downey Jr can pretty much do anything he wants film-wise these days, even without a high tech suit of armour to help. But one thing he apparently cannot do is convince Jack Nicholson to co-star with him in new drama-comedy The Judge. Fortunately for Rdj, Robert Duvall is willing to step in. The Change-Up’s David Dobkin is directing this one, working from a script by Nick Schenk, David Seidler and Bill Dubuque. The Judge finds Downey Jr as a successful lawyer (bet he’s slick and quip-happy too) who returns to his small-town home for his mother’s funeral.There he discovers that his dad (Duvall), the town’s judge, is the top suspect in her murder. As he sets out to discover the truth of the matter, our hero digs into his past and reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.Yes, it sounds »
According to Variety, Robert Duvall will be joining Robert Downey Jr. in director David Dobkin’s The Judge. Though the filmmakers were initially pursuing Jack Nicholson for the role, those negotiations fell through and now Duvall is stepping in.
For those unfamiliar with the film, the dramedy, written by Bill Dubuque (with former drafts being penned by David Seidler and Nick Schenk), will follow Downey Jr.’s character, “a big-time lawyer who returns home after his mother dies, only to learn that his father — who happens to be the judge (Duvall) — is a suspect. Working to get to the bottom of the case gives him the opportunity to reconnect with his family.”
With Duvall and Downey Jr. set for the lead roles, the focus now turns to finding an actress for the part of the ex-girlfriend. Word has it that Vera Farmiga and Elizabeth Banks are both in contention but as of now, »
- Matt Joseph
Okay, so it's not quite Jack Nicholson, who the filmmakers were hoping for last fall, but a movie with Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. in the lead roles still sounds pretty good us. The veteran actor has signed up for "The Judge." Downey Jr. has long been attached to the project, and last spring the "Wedding Crashers" and "Fred Claus" director David Dobkin came on board as well. And now with Iron Man free from his Marvel duties for the moment, this one is taking firmer shape. The dramedy centers on a big-time lawyer (Rdj) who returns home after his mother dies, only to learn that his father -- who happens to be the judge (Duvall) -- is a suspect. Working to get to the bottom of the case gives him the opportunity to reconnect with his family. "The King's Speech" writer David Seidler and Nick Schenk both tackled »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story follows the true tale of Britain’s Lady Hester Stanhope, who rejected London society in the early 1800s to travel across the Mediterranean and into the Middle East.
There she played a major role in stifling Napoleon’s advances towards India. The film will be an adaptation of Kristen Ellis’ biography "Star Of The Morning".
Gareth Unwin is producing and shooting aims to begin later this year. The project is not to be confused with Werner Herzog's similar sounding Gertrude Bell biopic "Queen of the Desert" which also aims to begin shooting later this year.
Source: Screen Daily »
- Garth Franklin
London -- Start-up U.K. based film and television company Cascade has chosen its first feature film investment, The Lady Who Went Too Far. The Lady Who Went Too Far tells the true story of Lady Hester Stanhope, who rejected London society in the early 1800s to travel across the Mediterranean and into the Middle East, where she played a major role in stifling Napoleon's advances toward India. The project reunites two of the BAFTA and Oscar-winning team behind The King’s Speech, producer Gareth Unwin of Bedlam Productions and writer David Seidler, who is currently adapting the screenplay for The
- Stuart Kemp
7 items from 2013
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