Robert Duvall has signed on to play Robert Downey Jr.'s father in David Dobkin's dramedy "The Judge" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Downey plays a successful attorney who returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral. He soon discovers that his estranged father, the town's judge, is the murder suspect.
The man sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
Jack Nicholson was previously courted for the role but ultimately passed. Susan Downey, Dobkin and David Gambino are producing.