Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge Trailer

The first trailer has been released for The Judge, an upcoming drama starring Robert Downey Jr. The Iron Man star plays a cocky lawyer whose life takes a turn when he returns home for his mother’s funeral. He learns that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder. This is quite a different type of film for comedy director David Dobkin, who was at the helm of Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up. It doesn’t look too bad, with Downey doing his usual cocky-man-learns-things routine. There’s a strong supportive cast too. Hopefully this isn’t as overly sentimental as The Judge trailer suggests.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, and Balthazar Getty.

Official synopsis for The Judge:

In The Judge, Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder.  He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

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ETA: USA – 10 October, 2014.