Vera Farmiga To Play The Female Lead Opposite Robert Downey Jr. In The Judge

Thus far the casting for David Dobkin's upcoming dramedy The Judge has been all about the boys. In addition to Robert Downey Jr., who has been attached to the project since last April, the last week has seen the film sign on Robert Duvall, Vincent D'onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton. The latest addition, however, finally adds a pair of X chromosomes to the mix.

Vera Farmiga, who was just featured in the debut episode of the Bates Motel television series, based on Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, has signed on to play the female lead in The Judge. Scripted by Bill Dubuque, Nick Schenk, and David Seidler, the film centers on a big-city lawyer (Downey Jr.) who returns home after spending years away to attend his mother's funeral, but is shocked to learn that his father (Duvall), the local judge, is suspected of murdering her. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the casting news, Farmiga will be playing a waitress who was never able to escape small-town life "and who has a history with Downey’s character." Production is scheduled to start this summer in Boston.

The Oscar nominted actress has been keeping incredibly busy as of late, despite the fact that we haven't seen her in a film since Safe House early last year. In addition to playing Norman Bates' mother on Bates Motel, she will next be seen in the James Wan thriller The Conjuring - due out on July 19th - and has completed filming on both Nae Caranfil's drama Closer To The Moon, and Adam Rodgers' romantic Middleton co-starring Andy Garcia.

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