Joy Bryant Taking The Lead Opposite Michael Ealy In 'Sexual Perversity In Chicago'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 15, 2012 6:27 PM
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WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW:

Screen Gems is remaking the 1986 rom-com, About Last Night, and Kevin Hart was the first actor to be cast in the project that centers on a man and woman who try to have a romantic affair, but are hindered by their own personal problems, as well as the interference of their disapproving friends.

Also, as of about 3 weeks ago, Hart's Think Like A Man co-stars Michael Ealy and Regina Hall were in early talks to join him in the remake.

And Will Packer (who also produced TLAM) is producing this as well.

And lastly, Steve Pink is said to be in talks to direct the film update of the play. Who's Steve Pink? He's a writer, director, producer, and his last effort as a director was 2010's Hot-Tub Time Machine. He's also attached to helm Bad Santa 2 and The Toxic Avenger

WHAT'S NEW:

It looks like Joy Bryant is going to play the lead female role, based on the information I have.

First, the original film's synopsis:

Danny and Bernie are two single men living their lives on the wild side. But when Danny meets Debbie at a bar and the two start a relationship with a one night stand, Danny's life takes a different turn. How does this passionate night become a full affair and what effect will this relationship have on both people and their friendship with their best mates?

Edward Zwick directed the original that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as the couple who meet (Danny and Debbie), and James Belushi played Danny's best friend, Bernie. Elizabeth Perkins played Joan, Debbie's best friend.

Hart has signed on to play the Belushi role; while Ealy will play the lead, originated by Rob Lowe.

Regina Hall will play the role originated on film by Elizabeth Perkins, the best friend, who has a love/hate relationship with Hart's character. 

And finally Joy Bryant will play Demi Moore's role in the first film. You'll recall we speculated that the role might go to another Think Like A Man cast member, since this was starting to feel like a TLAM reunion; but I also said that I wouldn't be surprised if the choice was an actress that no one expected. And I'd say that Joy Bryant's name probably wasn't the first (or second or third) name on most of your lists. Not that she isn't a welcomed choice...

You can catch Bryant on NBC's Parenthood, and next on the big screen in the action comedy Hit And Run (starring Bradley CooperKristen Bell and others).

This remake of About Last Night has a new official title - Sexual Perversity in Chicago - the original title of the 1974 David Mamet play that the first film adaptation was based on. So maybe the story of thing upcoming all-black version will be closer to Mamet's original play, which I read was more caustic than the 1986 rom-com, full of profanity and jargon that reflects the working-class, presenting "intimate relationships [as] minefields of buried fears and misunderstandings."

A fall production start date is likely.

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7 Comments

  • Janis | August 17, 2012 12:27 PMReply

    She's beautiful and I'm so happy for her!

  • ALM | August 15, 2012 10:49 PMReply

    Lord, the name change on this film just makes me cringe. The title alone is going to turn off some moviegoers.

  • Jules | August 23, 2012 6:19 PM

    That's the original title and it's 2012, not 1986. I'm happy they went back to it.

  • Darkan | August 15, 2012 9:08 PMReply

    This is a disaster waiting to happen. Mamet plays are hard to translate to film like Stephen King's novels are to film and television. The only film that was ever truly successful that came from a Mamet play was Glengarry Glen Ross and they even added the Alec Baldwin scene to spice it up and made sure it had some of the most prolific actors of our time. Hell, even Mamet has a hard time translating his own material to film that's why they changed the source material for About Last Night. Anyone that has ever read Sexual Perversity In Chicago knows that it's X-rated stuff. How in the hell will they stick to the source material??!!!

  • Jules | August 23, 2012 6:18 PM

    The film version was rated R. I hope they keep it like that.

  • misha | August 15, 2012 7:49 PMReply

    Congrats to Joy! I love her on Parenthood but would like to see more of her on the big screen as well. She'd be my first choice to play Storm in the next X-Men film.

  • bondgirl | August 15, 2012 7:26 PMReply

    Good for her! I still think Regina should be playing the lead, but I'll wait to see if Joy can handle comedy.

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