Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson to Be the New Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson
If you were going to remake Wedding Crashers for old people, you would totally cast Morgan Freeman in the Vince Vaughn role, right? He’s almost as tall, and he can easily be pictured getting a handy under the table during a lengthy dinner scene. And for the Owen Wilson part, certainly there’s no septuagenarian better suited (meaning typecast) as the old misogynist who finally falls in love than Jack Nicholson.
The Bucket List costars may be reunited for a Warner Bros. comedy formerly titled Dirty Old Men, but so far only Freeman has been officially cast. He’ll be jealous wingman to whoever plays the romantic lead in the elderly bromance, which is being likened to Wedding Crashers and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the studio obviously wants Nicholson for the movie, and the film blogosphere is in agreement for the most part that no other old man will do. I’m on board too as long as they can get away with titling the thing The Fuck It List (with proper royalties going to Michael Ian Black) — as in the duo has a list of women to do before they die — and thereby creating a franchise for Warner Bros. to be continued with diminishing-quality films such as The Duck It List and The Nantucket List.
- Adam K. Raymond at Vulture:
“Warner Bros. is hoping to snag Jack Nicholson to star as the playboy, reuniting the duo from your grandpa’s favorite movie of 2007, The Bucket List.”
- Matt Goldberg at Collider:
“The studio would love to get Jack Nicholson on board as the friend of Freeman’s character since they co-starred in “The Bucket List” and that film went on to make $93 million dollars for WB. Nicholson is not attached to the project and he’s aware of it since his agent probably has his Google Alert set to pick up ‘aging playboy’.”
- Oli Lyttelton at The Playlist:
“Warner Bros, who have picked up the script, want Jack Nicholson to reteam with Freeman, following their success in 2007’s “The Bucket List,” and it’s hard not to be excited by the idea of the two actors teaming for a bawdy comedy, rather than a saccharine Rob Reiner movie.”
- S.T. VanAirsdale at Movieline:
“Nicholson reportedly “is aware” of the project but is not signed up, which I guess is one of those rare things we can now all have in common with him.”
- Mark at I Watch Stuff:
“Let’s hope Nicholson gets on board this thing. We need someone to pick up the old guy mediocre comedy duo mantle left behind by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau after Grumpier Old Men.”
- Katey Rich at Cinema Blend:
“Really, as much as I don’t want this movie to be made, it’s hard to see it working without Nicholson — no one else alive can pull off the smarmy playboy-made-good as well as he could. And with Nicholson making far fewer good movies than Freeman these days— far fewer movies period, really— it’s probably only a matter of time before this becomes a reality.”
- Elisabeth Rappe at Cinematical:
“Warner Bros is hoping Jack Nicholson will take the part and reteam with his Bucket List buddy. But if he turns it down, may I humbly suggest they look to Freeman’s real life wingman, Clint Eastwood? If Viagra jokes must be made, let them be the two that make them.”
- Alex Billington at FirstShowing.net:
“It sounds like it could be a pretty damn fun project if it gets the greenlight, with or without Jack Nicholson even. At least they’ve got Morgan Freeman!”