Kevin Hart Joins About Last Night Remake
With scene-stealing moments in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Party Down and Modern Family, stand-up comedian Kevin Hart has been on Hollywood's radar for some time, but now at long last his star is definitively on the rise. Earlier this year he brought his manic energy to the ensemble comedy Think Like A Man, which scored a healthy $33.7 million its opening weekend and won headlines for bumping The Hunger Games out of what would have been it's fifth weekend at the top of the box office. Since then, Hart's been hitting the pavement, popping up on the set of Seth Rogen's upcoming apocalypse comedy End of the World and snagging a co-starring role opposite Kevin James in Sony's buddy comedy Valet Guys. Now, THR has word that Hart has signed on to Screen Gems' in-development remake of the 1986 romantic comedy About Last Night.
Based on David Mamet's sexy stage play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, the original About Last Night starred Brat Packers Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as a pair of Chicago singles whose one night stand spins into a tumultuous long-term relationship with much razor-sharp banter and steamy scenes. While there's no word yet on who Screen Gems is pursuing for these parts, Hart has committed to a play the best-friend of the male lead, a role Jim Belushi performed in the original. The wisecracking best friend role will be a cakewalk for Hart, as itís a part he's often called upon to play. But whoever Screen Gems does sign to headline better bring their A-game, lest they get outshone by this charismatic comedian.
There's no director attached to About Last Night at this time, but as it's penned by Leslye Headland, who wrote and directed the buzzed about Sundance comedy Bachelorette, there's a chance she could take the helm. On that note, I'd like to suggest Bachelorette star Lizzy Caplan for Moore's old role. The dark-haired actress who proved captivating on True Blood and sidesplitting on Party Down has exactly the blend of sex appeal and comedy prowess you'd want for a feature like this. So, seriously, someone get on this.
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