Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine Join Bernie

Jack Black will again act for his School of Rock director in Richard Linklater’s upcoming Bernie, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, based on the true story of Berhardt “Bernie” Tiede, features Black as a mortician who becomes companion to an 81 year old widow, Marjorie Nugent (to be played by Shirley MacLaine). Tiede was convicted of shooting Nugent in 1996 and hiding her body in a freezer for nine months, pretending as though she was still alive (ironically, the similarly-titled Weekend at Bernie’s used a similar plot to comedic effect just a few years before the crime occurred).

Bernie begins production this October in Carthage, Texas, the same location as the original murder.

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