THR reports that none other than Jack Nicholson is being courted to play RDJ's Dad in the movie. The long developing dramedy has already passed through a few screenings, including "The King's Speech" scribe David Seidler (and most recently given a new draft by Bill Dubuque). The story centers on a big time lawyer who returns home after his mother dies, only to learn that his Alzheimer's stricken father—who happens to be the judge—is a suspect. Working to get to the bottom of the case gives him the opportunity to reconnect with his family. Sounds a bit weepy.
Of course, whether or not Nicholson will take the role remains to be seen. He's picky, 75 years old and really doesn't get on a movie set unless it's for a compelling reason (though that still doesn't explain "The Bucket List"). So don't count your chickens yet. However, RDJ is a high wattage co-star, Nicholson has a good relationship with Warner Bros., so odds are better than usual, but again, not guaranteed. We reckon it'll be up to David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers," "The Change-Up") making a helluva pitch.