Jerry Lewis to return to the screen

Screen and stage comedy legend will star in new indie comedy Max Rose

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis is to take his first film role in 18 years.

86-year-old Lewis is to start work in 'Max Rose', an indie comedy directed by Daniel Noah, about a jazz pianist who has recently lost his wife.

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Jerry Lewis... performing in Las Vegas last year (Copyright: Rex)

However, days before her death, he learns that their marriage may have been based on a lie, so starts to delve back into his past and its colourful characters.

It will be only Noah's second outing as a director, having written and directed 2001's 'Twelve'.

Lewis will star alongside British actress Claire Bloom, Kevin Pollack, Ben Gazzara and Peter Bogdanovich in the film.

It will be Lewis's first screen role in 18 years, since 'Funny Bones' in 1995, and his first leading role since appearing in Martin Scorsese's 'King of Comedy' in 1983.

The legendary stage and screen comedian, who began his career in a double act with Dean Martin, was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009.