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Netflix Acquires Sundance Comedy ‘THE POLKA KING’ Starring Jack Black

June 26, 2017

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Netflix has acquired the global rights to Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky’s comedy biopic THE POLKA KING, starring Jack Black as local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan. The film premiered during this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Black plays Lewan, who developed a Ponzi-like scheme, taking hordes of cash from senior citizens. Jenny Slate plays Lewan’s wife, who yearns to become a local beauty queen again, with Lewan bribing judges to ensure that she wins.

Also starring Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J.B Smoove and Vanessa Bayer.

Polka King is directed and written by Forbes and Wolodarksy, and based on the documentary film The Man Who Would Be Polka King from directors John Mikulak and Joshua Von Brown. The movie was produced by David Permut, Stuart Cornfeld, Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson, Black and Priyanka Mattoo.


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