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Chris Rock Sets Up Showbiz Rom-Com To Star In & Direct This Summer

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 19, 2013 11:42 AM
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Deadline is reporting this as an *exclusive* today, but, really, we posted the news almost a month ago, when Showbiz 411 first reported it, also as an *exclusive* to them. Showbiz411 is obviously not as big an industry news site as Deadline is, so I think many missed the initial announcement last month.

I'm simply re-posting my February piece again today, since other sites are picking up Deadline's piece as *new* news.

It was in early February that Chris Rock not only teased a potential upcoming tour with Dave Chappelle, but also that he was going to be shooting a new film this spring/summer.

He didn't say, or even hint at what the film could be; I did some speculating, saying that it could be the previously-announced feature documentary called Credit Is The Devil, which has been on his slate for a couple of years now or more. He's been talking about doing it since Good Hair was out.

But it looks like that won't be the film, because Showbiz 411 reported exclusively in mid-February that they had a copy of a notice for a project titled Finally Famous, which Rock penned the script for, and will also direct, with Scott Rudin producing (he also produced Chris Rock's Broadway debut, The Mother-F with the Hat).

Here's the project's synopsis:

ANDRE ALLEN is a comedian turned film star who, despite the expectations of his millions of fans, is determined to reinvent himself as a “serious” actor. Although his latest pretentiously historical film project is tanking, his upcoming television wedding to pretty, popular reality star, ERICA LONG, is the biggest media event of the year. In the midst of all the frenzy leading up to his televised nuptials, Andre agrees to be interviewed for the New Yorker by CHELSEA BROWN, a gorgeous but no-frills young woman with a sharp intelligence that matches his own. It’s a feisty, funny, no-holds-barred interaction that may well change the course of both their lives…

Deadline doesn't have any plot details, other than to call it a "showbiz-themed comedy with romance," which I'd say the above synopsis from Showbiz 411 pretty much reveals.

There's a casting call notice below, which came with our last post on this project, searching for actresses to play Rock's soon-to-be wife, as well as his love interest (likely the Chelsea Brown character). Now word on whether both roles have been cast yet.

Who would cast in either role?

Here's the breakdown, including a part for a character named Silk, Andre's bodyguard:

[CHELSEA BROWN] Late 20s to early 30s, this attractive woman is “vintage, downtown N.Y.C. funky,” with a lacerating intelligence and humor that is disarming. Chelsea has been assigned to interview Andre Allen for a prestigious New York magazine, but she’s a journeyman journalist who makes her living writing for a variety of publications. Pregnant as a teen, and now a single mother, Chelsea has had a wild past, but is now in the “program” and hoping for a stable relationship with her current boyfriend. Chelsea’s initially fractious interaction with Andre soon flares into a passionate tryst. Any ethnicity…LEAD

[ERICA LONG] Late 20s to 40, she’s beautiful, glamorous and “expensive.” A popular reality TV star, she helped Andre get clean — and he’s forever grateful for her assistance. Erica is a camera-hungry celebrity who is completely comfortable in the spotlight. When she persuades Andre to get married on her show in the biggest media event of the year, her stardom is all set to go stratospheric. Any ethnicity…LEAD

[SILK] 30s, Andre’s “security guard-slash-assistant,” who is never far from Andre’s side. A burly, very big and imposing African American guy. A real character, he has a thing for big women…SUPPORTING LEAD

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