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Jack Nicholson to Star in ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake

Paramount is producing the English-language take on Maren Ade's acclaimed film.

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Jack Nicholson will make his first silver-screen appearance since 2010 in Paramount Pictures’ English-language remake of “Toni Erdmann,” reports Variety. The actor will pick up where Peter Simonischek left off in Maren Ade’s acclaimed father/daughter drama, which  was recently nominated for both the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and the equivalent Academy Award. No word yet on who will take on the role originated by Sandra Hüller.

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“The Big Short” director Adam McKay is co-producing alongside Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum; Ade is co-executive producing the remake, which does not yet have a director attached. Nicholson, a three-time Oscar winner, last appeared in James L. Brooks’ “How Do You Know” seven years ago; his most recent starring performance was in Rob Reiner’s “The Bucket List” three years earlier.

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According to the Variety report, Nicholson so enjoyed “Toni Erdmann” that he approached Paramount’s Brad Grey, who quickly worked with others at the studio to secure the rights to remake the film. In the last few years, Nicholson passed on roles in “42” and “The Judge,” among others.

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