First Look: Jack Black in Richard Linklater's Newest Comedy 'Bernie'
It was announced today that the new film from Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly, Me and Orson Welles) will be opening the Los Angeles Film Festival, kicking off this June. Titled Bernie, the black comedy stars Jack Black as Bernie, a beloved mortician in a small Texas town. Even the town's richest, meanest widow adores him. You can't get anybody to say a bad word about Bernie—even after he commits a nasty crime. This sounds like it might have a Coen Bros murder mystery brilliance to it, or so we can only hope. A few new photos from Bernie hit via Collider, check them out below.
For bigger sizes of the photos or to read the full press release, head to Collider. Here's the first two photos:
"We're thrilled to be opening the Festival with the world premiere of this delicious black comedy – a treat from one of the most original and exciting voices in independent film, Richard Linklater," said Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham. "With its fabulous all-star cast, Bernie is a perfect stage setter for the incredible line-up of original entertainment we've assembled for this year's Festival." Bernie, directed and co-written by Linklater with Skip Hollandsworth, also stars Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine, Gary Teague, David Blackwell and Larry Jack Dotson. Bernie has been described as a "Fargo-esque true crime" based on a real story, which is crazy. I'm definitely going to make sure I catch this! For more, visit: LAFilmFest.com.