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Nick Nolte and Matt Dillon will play father and son in Honey in the Head, Til Schweiger’s English-language remake of his hit 2014 German dramedy.
Nolte will play the lead, a man suffering from Alzheimer’s struggling with his disease and personal grief following the death of his wife after 50 years of marriage. The role, which Michael Douglas had initially been linked with, was played in the original by German comedy legend Dieter Hallervorden.
Dillon will play Nolte’s son, an American-born husband and father living in England jointly raising his daughter with his estranged wife (Emily Mortimer). The grandfather decides to go on a final road trip to Venice with his granddaughter, but his condition quickly deteriorates. Schweiger played the son in the original film, which grossed $90 million at the German box office.
Honey in the Head is set to being shooting in May in Germany, Italy and the U.K.
Schweiger is directing and producing the remake through his Barefoot Films shingle in co-production with Warner Bros. Entertainment. JoJo Moyes (Me Before You) wrote the screenplay for the English-language version.
Nolte next appears alongside Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen, the latest in the Fallen action franchise. Dillon stars in Lars Von Trier’s upcoming drama The House That Jack Built. And Mortimer will be seen in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, opposite Meryl Streep and Colin Firth.
Schweiger is repped by Kimberly Hines at Framework Entertainment and Barry McPherson at APA; Nolte is repped by Franklin Latt at CAA; Dillon is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment; Mortimer is repped by Tavistock Wood and WME; and Moyes is repped by Curtis Brown Group and Paradigm.