Leighton Meester Joins Robert Downey Jr. In ‘The Judge’

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Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester has landed a part in a dramedy called The Judge. Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also are in the cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter The Judge is a co-production between Team Downey and Big Kid Pictures. Plans to shoot in Boston are in the works.

The movie has Downey as a successful attorney who returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral to discover that his estranged father – who is the town’s judge – is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth – and along the way – reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Since Gossip Girl wrapped – Meester has appeared in Date Night, Country Strong, The Oranges and That’s My Boy. The actress once said in a past interview she doesn’t want to play a rich girl like her character Blair Waldorf in the CW series.

She said, “I have actually read quite a few good scripts lately, which is rare. I would like to continue doing movies and that’s pretty much all I can say. I don’t have an ideal role because my ideal is doing a different role every time I work. I just want to be challenged – so probably not play a rich girl for a while.”

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