Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky’s upcoming THE MAN WHO WOULD BE POLKA KING has tapped Oscar-nominated actress Jacki Weaver and Jason Schwartzman to join Jack Black for the biopic based on the real-life polka star Jan Lewan.
Based on the documentary by Joshua Brown and John Mikulak, the film will follow Lewan’s rise to fame in Pennsylvania as a polka star and his ultimate downfall after a Ponzi scheme. Black is set star and produce alongside David Permut at Permut Presenations and Priyanka Matoo at Electric Dynamite. Stuart Cornfeld and Monica Levinson will also produce. Permut’s VP Chris Mangano and Matoo have signed on as exec producers. Red Hour Films and Shivhans Pictures will finance.
Weaver can be seen in Drake Doremus’s sci-fi pic Equals with Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart. She also appears in James Franco’s upcoming dramedy The Masterpiece and can be heard in the DreamWorks animated feature Larrikins.
Schwartzman was recently seen in the comedy The Overnight with Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, and Judith Godreche. He also appeared in Netflix’s A Very Murray Christmas. He lends his voice to the upcoming animated feature My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea and stars in the Alex Ross Perry drama Golden Exits.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by Deadline.