Dustin Hoffman to appear in Barney's Version
Hoffman will play a retired policeman in the film, who is the father of the title character a reckless divorcee with two children and the status of a "person of interest" in the mysterious disappearance of his friend, reports Variety.
CSI's Richard J Lewis will direct the film and Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises) will produce through his Serendipity Point banner.
Two of Richler's previous novels have been adapted into feature films - The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Joshua Then and Now.
Hoffman is virtual Hollywood royalty and has won two Oscars, one for Wag the Dog and the other for his iconic performance in Rain Man.
He is currently working on follow-up to the Meet the Parents franchise, Little Fockers, starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro and Owen Wilson.