Jack Black will star alongside Jenny Slate in the film, which makes a Netflix debut in January. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Dec 16 — Jack Black stars in the dark comedy as a charming musician who ends up swindling his fans.
Black plays the titular role of Jan Lewan, a charismatic Polish immigrant who comes to America in the 1980s, starts a polka band, and quickly finds success, becoming the “King of Pennsylvania Polka”. Then he cooks up a Ponzi scheme to steal money from his mostly elderly fans.
Jenny Slate plays Marla, Lewan’s wife. The cast also includes Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J.B. Smoove and Willie Garson.
The Netflix original film is based on the documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King by directors John Mikulak and Joshua Von Brown, which told the real-life story of singer Jan Lewan.