Pop Goes The News — Robert De Niro will be in Toronto early next year to make the family comedy The War with Grandpa.
The movie icon, who will be 73 in August, plays the titular role in the movie based upon the 1984 children’s book by Robert Kimmel Smith.
Production of The War with Grandpa is scheduled for Feb. 15 to April 14.
The movie is about a boy who is forced out of his bedroom when his recently widowed grandfather moves in. He and his friends come up with various ways to convince Grandpa to give the room back.
Also starring in the film are Christopher Walken, Marisa Tomei, and homegrown star Eugene Levy.
The War with Grandpa will be directed by Tim Hill (Hop).
De Niro, a real-life grandfather of four, played the recently widowed grandfather of Zac Efron in this year’s raunchy comedy Dirty Grandpa.
Nominated for seven Oscars during his long career, De Niro won for 1974’s The Godfather Part II and in 1980 for Raging Bull. His credits include Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Silver Linings Playbook.
A frequent guest of the Toronto International Film Festival, De Niro shot 2004’s Godsend in the city. In 2014, De Niro was scheduled to make Idol’s Eye with Robert Pattinson in Toronto but production was shut down at the last minute.
De Niro made 2001’s The Score in Montreal.
This article has been updated since it was first posted.