Big Hit Anticipated with Robert Downey Jr.’s “The Judge” – Trailer

thejudgeThe Judge, set to be released on October 10, 2014 in the United States and October 17, 2014 in the United Kingdom will tear at viewer’s heartstrings. Although categorized as a comedy/drama, The Judge has a powerful storyline. Directed by David Dobkin, the film is cast with mega starts to include Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Lancaster, Vera Farmiga, Dax Shepard, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

The movie tells the story of Henry “Hank” Palmer played by Downey, Jr., a highly successful attorney who after returning to his hometown in Indiana to attend his mother’s funeral, finds that his estranged father (Robert Duvall) has been accused of murder. Making the plot more suspenseful is the fact that Palmer’s father is the town’s judge, Judge Joseph Palmer.

Palmer struggles with the rift between he and his father but also faces a dilemma of defending him in court against the prosecutor determined to put him in jail, prosecutor Dwight Dickham, played by Billy Bob Thornton.

Originally written by Nick Schenk, it was rewritten in 2011 by David Seidler, followed by another rewrite in 2013 by Bill Dubuque. Although Jack Nicholson was initially slated to play Palmer’s father, the role ultimately went to Duvall after Nicholson turned it down. Thornton’s role was also up in the air until March of 2013 when it was confirmed he would play the role of prosecutor.

Shooting of The Judge occurred in multiple locations to include Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, as well as Belmont, Dedham, Attleboro, and Sunderland with several scenes having been filmed in Worchester Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. To capture the feel of the fictitious hometown of Carlinville, Indiana, antique stores and “It’s about Time Clocks” in Millers Falls, Massachusetts were used.

While Downey, Jr. went through a very rough patch in his personal life having to do with drugs and jail time, he overcame his demons and has gone on to become one of the most respected actors in the industry. With a powerhouse cast and remarkable plot, The Judge is expected to blow box office records.