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Gabourey Sidibe & Michael Pena Join Brett Ratner's 'Tower Heist'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 19, 2010 at 9:23AM

We're already, sort of improbably, half-anticipating, half-dreading the Brett Ratner-directed comedy "Tower Heist" but it has some things going for it. Really, we swear.
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We're already, sort of improbably, half-anticipating, half-dreading the Brett Ratner-directed comedy "Tower Heist" but it has some things going for it. Really, we swear.

First of all, it has Ben Stiller who can be funny even if those 'Focker' movies prove the total opposite. Moreover, his character was given a script polish by his "Greenberg" writer/director Noah Baumbach and we have to say, the cast is shaping up pretty nicely. Eddie Murphy -- who as far as we know won't be using funny voices or playing fifteen characters -- and Alan Alda are on board and now two more thesps we dig are joining the cast.

Deadline reports that Gabourey Sidibe and Michael Pena have joined the cast. The film will follow an overworked manager of a luxury building (Stiller) who, along with other staff, loses their pensions to a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook (Alda). It so happens that the fraudster is being held under house arrest in the luxury penthouse apartment upstairs, and the manager and four cohorts figure a heist will make them whole. Sidibe and Pena will be joining Stiller in the master plan to rip off the Madoff character. We really like Pena, who has flown under the radar in Hollywood, and we hope he has a chance to shine alongside Stiller, and Sidibe is a charmer, so we're game. No word yet on Murphy's role but let's hope he brings the funny we grew up knowing him for. No word yet if Ratner has found a part yet for Chris Tucker, but with shooting not set to begin until next month, there's still time.


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