Douglas returns in a new role

Michael Douglas, recently recovered from cancer, is planning his screen comeback. The film is a comedy-drama called Last Vegas, about a man growing old disgracefully and planning a wild stag night in Vegas.

The script, by Dan Fogelman, who wrote Crazy, Stupid, Love, is a mordant look at a man who refuses to act his age, and is planning to settle down with a much younger woman. You wonder where Douglas, 67, might get some perspective into this kind of relationship. Perhaps wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, 42, might have some insights.

The role was lined up for Douglas in 2010 before he was diagnosed with throat cancer. At the time it was envisaged as a kind of elderly buddy comedy, with Dustin Hoffman and Christopher Walken also involved. It’s not certain if the film will now follow that pattern, as Hoffman has other commitments.

Last year Douglas told US show Today that he had overcome the cancer. "I feel good, relieved," he told the interviewer Matt Lauer. "The tumour is gone. But, you know, I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain. I guess there's not a total euphoria. I'll probably take a couple of months of getting checked out. But it's been a wild six-month ride."

His last film appearance was in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire in 2010. The new film, to be directed by Jon Turteltaub, suggests that Douglas is now in a mood to go for more complex character roles rather than major dramatic leads.

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