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Chris Tucker Loads Up With 2 New Studio Projects

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 6, 2011 9:56 AM
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Recall my post from mid-August on Chris Tucker's frustrations with the industry, given the lack of *interesting* roles being offered to him which he used to explain his absence from theater screens since 2007...

Well, it looks like he's found 2 projects that are worthy of his talents. First, a drama from David O. Russell titled The Silver Linings Playbook; second, a comedy from 20th Century Fox titled Neighborhood Watch.

In The Silver Linings Playbook (an adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel of the same name) he's in talks to join star Bradley Cooper, assuming the usual "best black friend" duties. Cooper will play "a former high school teacher who's institutionalized for depression and then released into the care of his mother. He tries to win back his ex-wife but becomes involved with an eccentric neighbor with problems of her own.

Chris Tucker will play "Danny," Cooper's "spirited friend who lives in a mental hospital. He escapes on several occasions to visit the troubled protag, as the duo have a special understanding of each other."

And by "lives in a mental hospital" I'm assuming they mean that he's one of the hospital's patients?

The film will also star Jennifer Lawrence as Cooper's the neighbor he gets involved with, and Robert De Niro as Cooper's father.

The second project - Neighborhood Watch - Tucker will be joining Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill as "a group of suburban neighbors whose Neighborhood Watch is really a front for them to escape their families -- until they discover a plot to destroy the world."

Chris Tucker is being courted for the role of "Jamarcus," a recent divorcee.

Currently, Chris is on a nationwide stand-up comedy tour which will run through November... in time to prep for either of the 2 above projects.

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6 Comments

  • Sean Benn | September 7, 2011 7:01 AMReply

    His comeback is long overdue and I hope he does many more movies from now on to make up for needlessly just doing the three Rush Hour films since 1998 and alienating his fanbase.

  • Nia | September 7, 2011 5:20 AMReply

    Doesn't sound like anything I'm dying to see.

  • The Pompatus of Cinema | September 7, 2011 3:35 AMReply

    I heard he didn't like making movies. @AccidentalVisitor is onto something. Plus his management team didn't develop enough vehicles for him to keep his blockbuster momentum. So now he's playing best friend roles? Sounds like he's starting over, and not sure he needs to.

  • sandra | September 6, 2011 12:57 PMReply

    Don't feel like questioning Chris' motives. It's just nice to see him back on the scene. Nothing wrong with taking an extended vacation from Hollyweird as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure he's just warming up then the big blockbusters won't be far away...or he might just want to go in a different direction altogether...whatever the case... *WELCOME BACK TUCKER!*

  • AccidentalVisitor | September 6, 2011 10:40 AMReply

    I always dismissed him as a guy too scared to take on other roles in fear of losing the box-office stature he earned off the success of those "Rush Hour" films. Then I read the bit recently about him not taking any roles because there weren't ever any good ones offered him. I thought, hell, I say that about parts offered to black performers all the time, maybe I was wrong about this guy. Now he goes ahead and takes two roles that frankly seem like the type he could have gotten easily over the past ten years....and nether is a lead. So....I'm beginning to wonder if his excuse was merely bs or if perhaps he's having a cashflow problem and decided he needed to work regardless of the part.

  • Dee | September 6, 2011 10:32 AMReply

    Yeaaaahhh. I'm not seeing anything hugely proactive here in terms of Brand New Chris.

    He's going to get paid but really. Not going to feel sorry for him if this is all he could come up with.

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