Nicholson eyes Brooks comedy

Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson already cast

Jack Nicholson may reunite with James L. Brooks, the filmmaker who directed Nicholson to Oscar-winning performances in "Terms of Endearment" and "As Good as It Gets."

Nicholson is in talks to join the cast of Brooks' latest project, an untitled romantic comedy that stars Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.

Written by Brooks, the story sees Witherspoon as a professional softball player torn between two men, a solid guy played by Rudd and a charming ball player with a 94-mile an hour fastball played by Wilson.

Bill Murray had been in talks to play the role of the father but ultimately lost interest. Nicholson, who had been itching to be in front of the camera and had been talking to several studios about certain projects, stepped in to help his old friend.

The project is due to start lensing later in June on the East Coast. Brooks is producing with Paula Weinstein, Laurence Mark and Julie Ansell.

Nicholson's deals are known for being notoriously hard to close and this one is still in the early stages.