The Descendants director Alexander Payne is reportedly hoping to lure Gene Hackman out of retirement for his new project Nebraska.
The 81-year-old Oscar-winner hasn't appeared in a film since 2004's Welcome To Mooseport and has become a writer, announced his retirement from acting in 2008.
Payne has begun casting for Nebraska, a father-son road trip tale about a geriatric, alcoholic father who takes his estranged son on a road trip through Nebraska to claim his million-dollar sweepstake prize.
The director has apparently promised studio Paramount he will secure a big name actor to play the father inorder to be allowed to shoot the film in black and white, New York magazine's Vulture blog reports.
Among the names Payne is rumoured to be approaching for the role are Hackman, Robert Duvall, Jackie Brown's Robert Forster and Jack Nicholson.
Hackman said in 2008: "I guess you could call it retired. I haven't worked for four years now. And I don't miss the business.
"I miss the process of being on-set with actors when things get cooking. But there's so much 'crapola' in order to get there. It's just too painful.
"At my age, they would have me playing grandfathers and great grandfathers. That's not a heck of a lot of fun."
Payne has revealed to Vulture he will start casting "in earnest" next month.