Robert Downey Jr. isn’t exactly known for family dramas, but that’s exactly what he’s setting up with The Judge. Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin will get behind the camera, and while Downey was once only slated to produce, it seems he’ll now be taking the lead role of “a big-city lawyer who returns home after the death of his mother to learn that his estranged father, a judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.” More after the jump.
The Judge is actually being billed as a “dramedy,” so I can only guess that Downey’s character’s estranged family members must be pretty comical because this premise sounds like a pretty straightforward drama to me. It’s written by Bill Dubuque, who had a script called The Accountant hit the Black List last year. Downey has got Iron Man 3 coming up, as well as a rumored Pinocchio film with Tim Burton on his plate, so it’ll be quite some time before this gets going. David Dobkin is hard at work on Arthur and Lancelot for Warner Bros., which just saw Colin Farrell drop out of the lead role.
What do you think about Downey in The Judge? Interested?