Get right the hell around this, sports fans: Columbia Pictures bosses are apparently absolutely hell-bent on spinning the hugely successful 21 Jump Street franchise off into a female-led remake of the undercover cop comedies, and if reports are to be believed the cast they’re eyeing off is gonna be shit hot.
Collider reports that Tiffany Haddish, who currently has more heat than a souped-up furnace as far as comedies in Hollywood are concerned, is in talks to fill one of the lead roles in the project, which is still in its early stages.
Haddish’s career blew up last year with the release of Girls Trip, and she already has roles earmarked for a raft of upcoming flicks like The Secret Life of Pets 2, The Lego Movie 2, and crime-drama The Kitchen, which she stars alongside Melissa McCarthy and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mob bosses who take over the crime family’s operations when the men are arrested by the FBI.
Reportedly, Awkwafina is at the top of the wish-list as far as co-stars for the Jump Street remake are concerned, which would pair the two up for a slightly-tweaked character structure.
Rather than two cops going undercover as students, like Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum were, the Jump Street remake would see Haddish star as a cop going undercover as a teacher who is also posing as the mother of a cop going undercover as a student, which Awkwafina would play.
Bit different. Bit unusual. But definitely different enough to make the whole sound intriguing as hell.
Studio bosses have also reportedly abandoned any plans to mash the Jump Street franchise up with Men In Black, the latter of which is being rebooted by itself with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson attached to star.Source: Collider
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