Warner Bros. has offered Jack Nicholson a pivotal role in their courtroom drama The Judge, which already has Robert Downey Jr. attached to star. It isn't known if the two-time Oscar winner, who is famously picky about which roles he takes on, will accept the offer.
Robert Downey Jr. will star as an attorney, who returns home for his mother's funeral. The lawyer comes to learn that his father, the role offered to Jack Nicholson, is the prime suspect. He must defend his dad, a judge with Alzheimer's disease, in court, reconnecting with the man he walked away from years ago.
Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk penned the original screenplay draft. We reported in April that Bill Dubuque signed on to rewrite the script, with David Dobkin attached to direct. Robert Downey Jr. is producing with Susan Downey, David Dobkin, David Gambino, and Jeff Kleeman. The producers are hoping to start shooting sometime next year.