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Can A Sister Get Some Love From The "21 Jump Street" Film?

by Cynthia Reid
April 26, 2011 4:33 AM
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Ok, I confess. After confirmed a report that Johnny Depp will have a cameo role in the new 21 Jump Street film in development, I'm launching my one woman crusade to get Holly Robinson Peete on board. How can they NOT include Holly in this?

In case you don't know, the film is based on the popular television series 21 Jump Street that aired from 1987 to 1991. The show was about a group of young cops whose youthful appearances enabled them to work undercover in both high schools and sometimes colleges to catch troubled youths. The cast included Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson Peete, Dustin Nguyen, Steven Williams, Michael DeLuise, Michael Bendetti and Frederic Forrest. It became the launching point for Johnny Depp's career.

The new film currently being developed is going for an action comedy feel in the vein of Bad Boys and rocks a stellar cast that includes Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Brie Larson, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, Dave Franco, DeRay Davis and Jake Johnson so far. Hill and Tatum’s characters will be going undercover to investigate the drug dealings at a high school. Ice Cube will act as their captain, while Franco and Riggle will play the villains. It's being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

When casting was first announced, there were plenty of groans and complaints regarding Holly's replacement...understandably so. She was a pivotal figure as the lone black woman among the male dominated cast and didn't need an ounce of fanfare to show how good she was. But we all know Hollywood films are based on "hotness" factors and so the idea of staying true to an original idea or formula is laughable.

Nowadays, Holly stays busy parenting her four children along with her husband, former pro football player Rodney Peete. In addition, she's co-hosting the CBS chat-fest show The Talk alongside Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Leah Remini.

With all that's going on in her life, I'm not sure if acting can be considered a priority for Holly but maybe for old times' sake we can see her strike up a cameo in the new flick also. Are you listening producers?

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  • Melissa | April 27, 2011 7:20 AMReply

    Cynthia this was my rant too...but does anyone else but me think films are getting less diverse compared to the 80s and 90s?

    Holly WAS the hotness factor in 21 Jump Street and she had her male fanfare. Its no different with her today.

  • angela | April 27, 2011 5:38 AMReply

    Holy should play Johnny's wife lol.

  • Cynthia | April 27, 2011 2:07 AMReply

    Melissa, I've definitely noticed that. At least in the past, there was an attempt to make things look more diverse. That courtesy seems to be falling off...quickly.

  • Rita | April 27, 2011 1:48 AMReply

    I'm so happpppy....imcan rest now! Can't wIt for it to come out!

  • Cynthia | April 26, 2011 8:44 AMReply

    Thanks Geno! Now the world is a much better place. lol

  • Geno Carter | April 26, 2011 8:14 AMReply

    Holly confirmed to me that she's in!
    Holly Robinson Peete will be making a cameo in "21 Jump St." movie in addition to Johnny Depp

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