Kristen Wiig will reportedly co-star alongside Nicholson in the remake of Maren Ade’s 2016 comedy-drama, which will compete for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. Toni Erdmann tells the story of an elderly man with a penchant for pranks and wearing disguises, who attempts to reconnect with his daughter, an aspiring, no-nonsense corporate consultant.
A writer and director for the English-language adaptation of Toni Erdmann have yet to be announced, though Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are attached as producers.
Per Variety, Nicholson was reportedly a fan of Ade’s film and approached Paramount about securing the rights for a remake. The role marks the actor’s first since he appeared in James L. Brooks’ 2010 film How Do You Know, and only his sixth movie since his Oscar-nominated performance in 2002’s About Schmidt. His other films since then are Anger Management, Something’s Gotta Give, The Departed and The Bucket List, plus a cameo as himself in Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here.
Meanwhile, Wiig remains busy with a variety of projects slated for 2017, including Downsizing – a sci-fi comedy co-starring Matt Damon – and Despicable Me 3. Last year, she starred in the Ghostbusters reboot, Zoolander 2, Masterminds and Sausage Party.