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A Vegas vacation might be in the cards for Jack Nicholson.

Vulture is reporting that Nicholson (on his 73rd birthday no less) has been offered the lead role in the comedy 'LASt VEGAS' -- what Vulture calls "'Grumpy Old Men' meets 'The Hangover'" -- about a crew of 1950s-era friends who reunite in Sin City for the overdue wedding of Billy Gerson, the group's longtime bachelor.

Which is where Nicholson comes in, or so the filmmakers hope. A Vegas vacation might be in the cards for Jack Nicholson.

Vulture is reporting that Nicholson (on his 73rd birthday no less) has been offered the lead role in the comedy 'LASt VEGAS' -- what Vulture calls "'Grumpy Old Men' meets 'The Hangover'" -- about a crew of 1950s-era friends who reunite in Sin City for the overdue wedding of Billy Gerson, the group's longtime bachelor.

Which is where Nicholson comes in, or so the filmmakers hope.

Vulture caught a glimpse of screenwriter Dan Fogelman's ('Cars') script, where Billy gives a NSFW, Jack-esque eulogy for a passed away friend.

These eyes have a spark in them. They belong to BILLY GERSON (70's), every bit the mischievous imp he was as a young boy, a stark contrast to the others.


CHYRON: MALIBU, CA.


Billy speaks into a MIC, roasting someone, mid-story ...


BILLY
... and you remember what I said, Ronnie? I said: "Ronnie, I know you're down in the dumps. But as a fellow bachelor, let me assure you - you'll bounce back. Because you may not be very smart, and you may not be very rich, but Pal: you sure are f**king ugly."


LAUGHTER. We PAN to RONNIE who sits in ...


A COFFIN. Dead. Oh, Billy is giving a eulogy.



While it remains unknown who might join Nicholson in his Vegas romp, the role seems a fine fit with the wiley, late-career Nicholson persona we've seen in films like 'Something's Gotta Give' and 'The Bucket List.' In the hands of Fogelman -- who's been on fire as of late, recently penning another upcoming comedy that stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Kevin Bacon -- we'll likely get some inspired comic gems from the film.

But we miss the Nicholson who played screen classics like Jake Gittes, Randall P. McMurphy and Jack Torrance, characters who complicated and added a rich layer of danger to his charm. He came close to recapturing that edge in 2006's 'The Departed,' but here's hoping that Nicholson can find a way -- if he takes the role -- to infuse it with the kind of raw unpredictability that he was once able to summon just by ordering some toast.