Universal Pictures is planning to add Dustin Hoffman to "Little Fockers" though the film has wrapped production and the first trailer has been debuted. New York Magazine's Vulture first reported that the actor is approached to reprise his role as Bernie Focker for the upcoming comedy.
Los Angeles Times then contacted Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson who confirmed the idea. "As we're continuing to refine the film, one of the ideas that's certainly a possibility is having Dustin be a part of the picture. We didn't call him and say that we desperately need his help or anything like that. But there is one path that we're pursuing that could include his involvement," he stated.
The plans to bring additional character while the film is only few months away from the release date then leads to speculation that "Little Fockers" is not good enough and Hoffman is needed to funny-up the comedy. However, Fogelson denied the story, saying "We're incredibly delighted to have a film that's already scored as well as it has [in test screenings] six months before its release."
Earlier this week, Deadline Hollywood reported that the "Meet the Fockers" sequel "needs a week of pickups" to improve the film with all the principal cast brought in for the pickups. The site also added that Universal once contemplated to replace director Paul Weitz with producer-writer John Hamburg though it was then rejected after Hamburg visited the set one weekend.
"Little Fockers" which is slated to arrive in the U.S. on December 22 stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo and Owen Wilson among many others. The film will follow Stiller's Greg who now must prove to his father-in-law Jack that he's fully capable as the man of the house after he is marrying Polo's Pam and having five-year old twins with her.
Dustin Hoffman's Bernie Focker first appeared in "Meet the Fockers". He is a father to Greg and a husband to Rosalind. Bernie's wife was portrayed by Barbra Streisand.