Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig to Star in Toni Erdmann

German film Toni Erdmann remake will star Jack Nicholson opposite Kristen Wiig

Acting legend Jack Nicholson will return to the big screen for his first starring role in over ten years. The star of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining and The Crybaby Killer will costar with Kristen Wiig in the English language remake of the Oscar-nominated German film, Toni Erdmann.

It seems like just weeks ago that Peter Fonda told England’s The Sun newspaper that his Easy Rider costar, who turns 80 this year, was “basically retired.”

Nicholson, who is the most ­nominated actor in the history of the Academy Awards, will play the role of a lighthearted prankster dad who creates an over-the-top alter ego to reconnect with his daughter. 

Nicholson last appeared onscreen in the comedy How do You Know, directed by James L. Brooks, and The Bucket List, opposite Morgan Freeman, in 2007.

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Nicholson was reportedly a fan of the original film and brought the idea of starring in the remake to Paramount Pictures executive Brad Grey, who secured the remake rights. The studio has not yet named a director or screenwriter.

Toni Erdmann debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. It was directed, written and co-produced by Maren Ade, who is executive producing the English-language remake. The German-Austrian film starred Sandra Huller with Peter Simonischek as the father. Toni Erdmann was nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign filmand is nominated for Best Foreign feature at the 2017 Academy Awards. The film is playing a limited theatrical run in the U.S.

Toni Erdmann will be produced by by Adam McKay, who directed The Big Short, along with Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbuam of Gloria Sanchez Productions.