The actor portrays big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his hometown in Indiana for his mother's funeral. He ends up staying to defend his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the small town's longtime judge, when he is arrested on murder charges. Billy Bob Thornton and Vera Farmiga co-star in director David Dobkin's upcoming drama, in theaters October 10.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes The Judge, which pairs two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin, Tropic Thunder) and Oscar winner Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies, Crazy Heart), starring together for the first time on the big screen. The film also stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring) and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Friday Night Lights), and is directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).
In The Judge, Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.