Robert Duvall Takes ‘The Judge’ After Jack Nicholson Passes

Robert Downey Jr. stars as a lawyer who returns to his hometown where his father, a respected judge, is accused of murdering his mother.

Robert Duvall joins The Judge for Warner Bros.
Robert Duvall joins The Judge for Warner Bros.
Robert Duvall is in final talks to join the Warner Bros. drama The Judge, alongside Robert Downey Jr.

The story centers on a successful lawyer (Robert Downey Jr.) who returns to his hometown and learns that his father (Robert Duvall), the town's judge, is accused of murdering his mother. The attorney sets out to find the truth, while reconnecting with his estranged dad, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease.

We reported in November that Jack Nicholson was in talks for the role, but a deal was never reached. Tommy Lee Jones was also in consideration before the studio decided on Robert Duvall.

David Dobkin is directing from a screenplay by Bill Dubuque, who rewrote the original draft by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino). The studio is also closing in on casting the lawyer's ex-girlfriend, with Vera Farmiga and Elizabeth Banks considered the top choices for the part.

Robert Duvall last starred in the Tom Cruise action-thriller Jack Reacher.

The Judge was released October 10th, 2014 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester. The film is directed by David Dobkin.

Sources: Variety

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  1. thedude-abides

    @SirBrandon Lol. My bad, man. Yeah, Jack definitely needs to do one more film before it's all said and done.

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  2. Diaigma

    @thedude-abides - Just what I was thinking :P

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  3. SirBrandon

    @thedude-abides please don't say such things. You scared me for a second lol

    I wish Jack would do another film though. The last one he appeared in is How Do You Know? and I pray to God that was just a favor to James L. Brooks because that movie was awful!

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  4. ejk1

    @thedude-abides@bawnian-dexeus It could have also meant "After Jack Nicholson made a pass at Jennifer Lawrence."

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  5. thedude-abides

    Omg. I read the headline and I thought Jack had passed away, lol.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

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