Exclusive: New Bernie Teaser Trailer

Jack Black & Shirley MacLaine find love

Richard Linklater's Bernie is already shaping up to be a welcome addition to the canon of odd-couple black comedies that includes Harold And Maude, Planes, Trains And Automobiles and, to a lesser extent, Throw Momma From The Train.

The cranky 'momma' character here is a wealthy widow played by the great Shirley MacLaine. As the movie's new trailer demonstrates, she is definitely not channelling The Apartment's Fran Kubelik in this one.

Perhaps surprisingly, the movie is based on a real-life incident that was originally reported in Texas Monthly magazine. Black, who reunites with his old School Of Rock director, is Bernie, a man whose innate loveliness is tested to its very limits (and beyond) by Marjorie's incessant needling, carping and nagging.

The consequences leave Black with a massive windfall and curious D.A. Matthew McConaughey with some detective work to do.

Linklater fans have a double dose of the director to look forward to. Before Midnight, the concluding chapter of cinema's ultimate will-they/won't-they saga, arrives on our screens on June 21. Bernie, meanwhile, comes to a cinema near us on April 26.