Acting legends Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro look set to team for Last Vegas, a new -that’s right – Vegas-set comedy written by Crazy Stupid Love’s Dan Fogelman.
It was previously believed that Jack Nicholson would topline the film, but his One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest producer seems to have replaced him in the lead role – which, is being itched as an old guy’s version of The Hangover.
According to Vulture “De Niro and Douglas would play oldsters who both fall for the same ‘girl’” in the film – which is set to be directed by Jon Turteltaub, the man behind the National Treasure movies and Phenomenon.
Last Vegas is sure to appeal to audiences of a certain age. I imagine that Douglas will be bringing his best lounge lizard act to the proceedings, while it is probably safe to bet that De Niro will be dusting off his uptight Meet the Parents shtick. Interestingly, it would seem that De Niro is replacing his Meet the Parents co-star Dustin Hoffman, who also had to decline an offer to star in the film because of scheduling issues. Douglas’ signing for Last Vegas implies that he is now out of the running for Dirty Grandpa, leaving the field clear for Jeff Bridges to let loose his inner-perversion.
It’s also likely that Christopher Walken will be joining the duo in the film, although it would seem that CBS Films wished to snare De Niro – before closing Walken’s deal. De Niro and Walken previously worked together on Michael Cimino’s 1978 classic The Deer Hunter, although Last Vegas appears to be something of a change of pace.
Fogelman’s Crazy Stupid Love was a surprise hit last year scoring over $80 million at the domestic box office, and garnering strong reviews. It managed to balance Hollywood humor with an independent sensibility making it stand out from the usual comedy fare. Turteltaub may be light on “classics” but he has directed many successful films in a variety of genres – with the likes of While You Were Sleeping, Cool Runnings, Disney’s The Kid and the aforementioned Nic Cage adventure movies and John Travolta drama all scoring big at the box office.
A great cast, a strong writer and a competent director mean that Last Vegas has potential to be a break-out hit, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if it managed to achieve an award nomination or two for its ageing cast.