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Offers Out To Kevin Hart, Terence Howard To Join Paula Patton In 'Baggage Claim'

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 10, 2012 3:42 PM
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Kevin Hart and Terence Howard just might be joining the cast of playwright/director David E. Talbert's rom-com, Baggage Claim, for Fox Searchlight, based on his best-selling debut novel about a flight attendant with thirty days and thirty thousand miles to find a husband.

The film already boasts Paula PattonDerek Luke, and Octavia Spencer as cast members.

I've been informed that offers are out to both Hart and Howard to join the already-attached trio, although I wasn't told what roles exactly they are being asked to play in the film.

In fact, aside from knowing that Patton will play our husband-seeking flight attendant, the roles assigned to other cast members (specifically, Luke and Spencer) aren't public yet.

Although we're guessing that Luke will likely play the male lead.

It would help if one of us has read the novel, then maybe we'd be able to fill in the blanks; alas, we haven't... yet.

Here's Amazon's description of the novel:

Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. Whom will she choose? Damon Diesel, a P. Diddy wannabe; Reverend Curtis P. Merewether, pastor of Greater House of Deliverance, Tabernacle of Praise, Worship, and Miracles; pompous attorney-turned-councilman Langston Jefferson Battle III; or Quinton Jamison, a multimillionaire who's twenty years her senior?

I suppose all three actors (Luke, as well as Hart and Howard, if cast) could play any one of those 4 potential suitors for Montana.

Call it the Think Like A Man effect; a project once thought to be dead 2 years ago, is given new life just a few months ago, after that film stormed the box office, and with Kevin Hart as one of its leads I should add. 

If deals are worked out with both Hart and Terence Howard, we'll certainly no with certainty sooner than later, as the project is scheduled to begin principal photography in October.

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  • Marissa | September 12, 2012 2:44 AMReply

    You people are pathetic! You have another gorgeous model with connections type who can barely act, two actors (Kevin Hart and Octavia Spencer) who play themselves in literally everything they do and have no emotional range, yet you all want to give the most talented and versatile one of the bunch a hard time? His performance in Antoine Fisher trumps anything any of the people on board/in talks to be have ever done. He more than held his own with Denzel Washington in his first role no less!

    Seriously, why has it become trendy to hate on this this guy? He was also great in Catch A Fire, Miracle At St. Anna, Friday Night Lights, Spartan, and besides being questionable in "the big scene", was good and charming in Madea as well. He's put in the work and has proven on a number of occasions to be more than capable as an actor.

  • Beemooree | September 10, 2012 11:20 PMReply

    Kevin hart will make the film. Anything with Derek Luke flops!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CareyCarey | September 10, 2012 9:12 PMReply

    I'm with Sarah, there's absolutely nothing... NOTHING about this project that would compel me to spend my money. Listen, David E. Talbert's writing is horrible and his directing is 5 steps below Tyler's. And let's be honest, Luke desperately needs someone who has the skills to "lead" him. I mean, Luke was either sheltered as a young man or simply can't act because he seldom captures the needed range of emotions of his characters. It's like he has no personal experiences to draw from. Look, forget about him being a romantic anything. Sparkle will attest to his wooden persona. And, I believe Denzel had a lot to do with his performance in Antwone Fisher. He was the director. Besides, for all who saw Talbert's A Fool and His Money (I have on bootleg) they know what to expect from this rom-com-bomb.

  • CareyCarey | September 11, 2012 11:45 PM

    Well ALM, in my defense, I am adding to the economy of the neighborhood. You know unemployment is high in the black community, so my few dollars are helping a brotha put a few chickens on the table. And I'm a broke black brotha who loves watching movies. So 4 movies for 10 bucks is just what the doctor ordered. Esp movies like A Fool and His Money. Tonight it's Talbert's recent movie starring Isiah Wshington, "Suddenly Single". Let me know if you need the hookup *lol*

  • ALM | September 11, 2012 12:13 PM

    @ CareyCarey: Bootleg? *Gasp*

  • Aswilliams | September 10, 2012 6:09 PMReply

    @SARAH did you forget the wonderful crying scenes in his first film Antwone Fisher. To me he seemed to excell in those scenes alongside Denzel. I mean maybe he needs to improve a little more in his crying scenes but lets not knock the brother down. I have confidence he`ll do a great job in this film based on David E. Talbert`s play. So let`s not lose our luck on him yet but give him a chance.

  • Sarah | September 10, 2012 8:18 PM

    he also wasn't in a role where i was suppose to be convinced that he's the love of a woman's life. sorry. i don't buy him as a romantic comedy lead. yes, he is a brilliant actor. but he does not inspire anything that would make me want to see him romance a woman.

    i felt the same way about laz alonso in jumping the broom. he plays a great bad man but does not convey any skill whatsoever in the charisma department. my point is, the plot is tired, the desperation is tired, the men mentioned are not anyone I would ever pay to see in a romantic comedy lead. Ignoring Paula's inability to carry a film, David is like 3 steps below Tyler Perry so there is zero confidence in him either.

  • Sarah | September 10, 2012 4:17 PMReply

    This future trash of a film should not be made. Not one actor listed brings anything to the table. This tired, worn out story of women desperate for a man so she settles for the mediocre dude she has overlooked for decades is annoying.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | September 10, 2012 5:47 PM

    Co-Sign. Im tired of relationship African American films period. Can we do something different??? Can we do a movie where were fighting aliens anything? Derek Luke is not leading man material. Tyler Perry and Sparkle are perfect examples. Him trying to play a romantic lead isn't happening. This is going to bomb big time. He doesn't have sex appeal or swag. He reminds you of your little brother or close confidant. He's more of a cop/lawyer type dramatic actor to me. But he needs to leave the romantic lead thing alone. His crying scenes are awful. Please call Larenz Tate ASAP>

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