Jacki Weaver Joins Jack Black's Biopic 'The Polka King' (Exclusive)

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Jacki Weaver

The Oscar-nominated actress is joining the true-life story of polka sensation turned Ponzi scheme runner Jan Lewan.

Jacki Weaver is getting on her dancing shoes for The Polka King.

The Oscar-nominated actress will join Jack Black in the true-life story of Grammy-nominated polka sensation Jan Lewan, who ended up running a Soviet souvenir-based Ponzi scheme that landed him in jail.

The feature is based on the documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King from directors Joshua Brown and John Mikulak.

Black will star as Lewan and also act as a producer under his Electric Dynamite banner. Ben Stiller’s Red Hour and Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures also will produce, along with Priyanka Mattoo.

Infinitely Polar Bear helmer Maya Forbes and former Simpsons writer Wally Wolodarsky will write and direct the movie, which is repped by ICM Partners and WME Global.

Weaver was recently in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. She will next be seen in Drake Doremus' dystopian love story Equals and James Franco's The Masterpiece

Weaver is repped by ICM Partners, Elevate and Felker Toczek.

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