Shirley MacLaine will also star in the film, which is set in the sleepy town of Carthage, Texas and follows the title character Bernie (Black) a mortician and pillar of the community who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy widow (MacLaine). The story takes a turn when he kills her and tries to keep up the illusion that she is still alive.
Mandalay Vision's Celine Rattray is producing the film alongside Castle Rock's Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer, with Ginger Sledge also producing. It was said that the film is scheduled to start principal photography sometime this October.
We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further details on Bernie as soon as we have more information.