Jack Black to Star in Biopic 'The Man Who Would Be Polka King'

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The polka king-turned-swindler pic will also be produced by the 'Kung Fu Panda' star.

Jack Black is to star in and produce a biopic about the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Man Who Would Be Polka King is described as centering on the true-life polka crooner who did a prison stint for running a Ponzi scheme.

The movie will be based on the 2007 documentary of the same name made by Joshua Brown and John Mikulak for Court TV.

Lewan went from Poland to Pennsylvania and became a Grammy-nominated polka music superstar, before serving five years in prison from 2004 for defrauding investors.

Many of the victims of Lewan's swindle were older fans of his polka band.

Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarski are writing and directing the Jack Black-starrer from Permut Presentations, Red Hour Films and Shivhans Pictures.

Black is repped by WME.

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