Jack Black lands Bernie role

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An action fantasy film based loosely on the 18th-century novel, the 2010 version of "Gulliver's Travels" takes place in modern day. Jack Black stars as the title character, who at the urging of a co-worker, takes an assignment that requires him traveling to the Bermuda Triangle. When a shipwreck lands him on the island of Liliput, Gulliver finds that he's twelve feet taller than the tallest man there. For the first time, he has people looking up to him. Amanda Peet, Jason Segel, and Emily Blunt also star.
August 9th, 2010

Jack Black is to again team up with director Richard Linklater for a new comedy.

The funnyman worked with the filmmaker on 'School of Rock' and now the pair will work together once more on 'Bernie', a dark comedy which also stars Shirley MacLaine.

The film is set in the small town of Carthage, Texas, and tells the tale of Black's alter-ego Bernie - a community leader and mortician - who befriends a wealthy but demanding widow, played by MacLaine.

However, tragedy strikes when he accidentally kills her, but the laughter returns when he desperately tries to convince everyone she's still alive.

Shooting is set to start in October.

Black's next big screen outing is 'Gulliver's Travels', while Linklater is in the early stages of directing a 12-year film production, which charts the growth of a boy and stars Ethan Hawke.

MacLaine last appeared in 'Valentine's Day'.