Jerry Lewis Planning Return to the Big Screen

Jerry Lewis Planning Return to the Big Screen

Legendary performer Jerry Lewis isn’t the retiring type.

The man behind “The Nutty Professor” and the fabled Martin & Lewis comedy team may be 86, but he’s signed on to star in a new independent feature to be shot in Los Angeles.

“Max Rose,” which begins production today, marks Lewis’ first major role since the 1995 dramedy “Funny Bones.”

The film is a drama about a jazz pianist who has recently lost his wife of over five decades. A discovery made days before her death causes Max to believe his marriage was a lie. He embarks on an exploration of his own past that brings him face to face with a menagerie of characters from a bygone era. Noah is making his directing debut.

Lewis has suffered in the public eye in recent years, from battling a series of health ailments to getting jettisoned from his gig as host of the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. In addition to “Max Rose,” Lewis is working on a “Nutty Professor” musical adaptation to add to his legacy.