Looks like Philly comic Kevin Hart’s opportunity for big-screen stardom—outside of his successful concert movies—has arrived. He’s got a couple of movies in the works with big names planning to share the screen with him.
Screenwriter Etan Cohen is planning to take the director’s chair on the upcoming Warner Bros. comedy Get Hard, Variety reports. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are already set to star.
The film, which arrives from screenwriters Jay Martel and Ian Robert (“Key & Peele”), follows a rich bank manager (Ferrell) who is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to time in a maximum security prison. To prepare himself for his incarceration, Ferrell’s character hires the man who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up in his final 30 days of freedom.
A trailer has been released for the upcoming comedy Grudge Match, featuring Kevin Hart alongside the legendary Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone.
Hart plays Dante Slate, Jr., who convinces retired boxer Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp (Stallone) to partake in the making of a boxing video game.
In the process Sharp encounters his old rival Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen (played by De Niro).
The two agree to come out of retirement for one final grudge match, 30 years after the last time they met in the ring.
Production is underway on The Wedding Ringer, the formerly untitled Kevin Hart comedy being directed byJeremy Garelick in his feature helming debut. Among the finalized cast in the pic that co-stars Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco, Mimi Rogers, Affion Crockett and Ken Howard: Olivia Thirlby, Jorge Garcia, Cloris Leachman, Dan Gill, Corey Holcomb, Colin Kane, Jenifer Lewis, Alan Ritchson, Ignacio Serricchio, Aaron Takahashi, and Nicky Whelan. The film was written under the title The Golden Tux by Garelick and Jay Lavender back when they were writing partners on films like The Break-Up. It centers on Hart, a charismatic guy who provides best man services for socially challenged guys who can’t get somebody to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding.
None of these movies sounds all that great, but hey: Here’s hoping they help make Hart the star we all know he deserves to be.