I have good news to report for you fans of Jack, he will be back to star with Kristen Wiig in the US adaptation of Toni Erdmann. Jack hasnt made a film in 7 years and had long rumored to be retired. I think its going to be a great role and highly entertaining. If you forgot how good he can be go back starting from the late 60’s through the late 90’s and see his film list its very impressive when you look at it as whole body of work rather than just a film here and there. Many folks dont know he is highly accomplished art collector and his curated purchases are to be worth a couple hundred million dollars. Its all good news as I miss him on the big screen.
THE COMEBACK KID
Jack Nicholson Is Finally Returning to the Big Screen
He’ll play Kristen Wiig’s kooky father in a project that already has Oscar momentum.
by JULIE MILLER
FEBRUARY 7, 2017 7:32 PM
Jack Nicholson, the iconic Oscar winner and legendary lothario, has not retired. Thank God!
The 79-year-old actor will return to the screen for the first time since 2010 to star in an English-language remake of Toni Erdmann, Variety reports Tuesday.
For those who have not yet seen the original German film—which is nominated for a best foreign language Oscar this month—know that the project seems like a perfect fit for Nicholson. Written and directed by Maren Ade, the movie centers on “a practical joking father (played originally by Peter Simonischek) [who] tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter (Sandra Hüller) by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.”
The film received rave reviews after its Cannes Film Festival premiere last year, including one from the exacting A.O. Scott of the New York Times, who offered this description of the character Nicholson will take on.
“Winfried [is] a shambling, unshaven music teacher with a mop of gray hair and a prankish sense of humor, [who] has ideas about public and professional behavior that would raise alarms in any human resources department. He carries a set of joke-shop fake teeth in his shirt pocket, and has a habit of disrupting the routines of everyday life with absurd and outrageous improvisations.
[The film] is named for its improbable hero, the outrageous alter ego Winfried impersonates during his visit to Bucharest. Accessorizing those awful teeth with a stringy black wig, a baggy sharkskin suit and the kind of two-toned dress shirts favored by insecure business-class big shots, Erdmann shows up wherever he is likely to cause Ines the most embarrassment, variously claiming to be the German ambassador and a freelance management coach.
It was Nicholson’s idea to take on the role, according to Variety, which reports that the actor “was a huge fan of the original and approached Paramount’s Brad Grey with the idea.”
The studio has not yet chosen a director, writer, or actress to co-star with Nicholson. The adaptation does already have a team of producers, though, including The Big Short director Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Maren Ade.
Toni Erdmann will be the first film for Nicholson since 2010’s James L. Brooks dramedy How Do You Know. In the years since that role, Nicholson was rumored to have retired from acting. But in a 2013 interview, Nicholson clarified that he hasn’t quit acting—he’s just quit hitting on women.