The final scene of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street flat-out told us where main characters Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) would be going in the sequel, Ice Cube's Captain Dickson informing the duo that their next undercover assignment would be at the local college. Since then, however, we haven't heard any more details about the plot... that is, until now. In announcing that actress Amber Stevens has joined the cast of the 21 Jump Street sequel, 22 Jump Street, Variety has revealed the first semi-plot synopsis for the film:
In the sequel to “21 Jump Street,” officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) go deep undercover at a local college, but when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership.
While this does a good job of setting up what's happening with the central characters, what's missing are the details about the crime that Jenko and Schmidt are investigating. While the drug Holy Fucking Shit (or H.F.S. for short) was basically a MacGuffin in the first movie, it still inspired some of the film's funniest scenes - particularly the montage the two leads tripping balls:
As for Stevens being a new addition to the cast, we're not quite sure what role she will be playing, as the trade doesn't mention any details. In addition to Tatum, Hill and Ice Cube all reprising their roles from the first movie,it's also been reported that actor Wyatt Russell is part of the cast as well. Given the youthful looks of both of the new additions we can probably assume that they will either be other cops in the Jump Street division or college students (but that doesn't exactly narrow it down).
Stevens is best known for her television work, starring in the series Greek and appearing in episodes of shows like How I Met Your Mother, 90210 and Ben and Kate, but has started to get more into the movie scene. Last year she played a small role in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man, and she's completed production on Kevin Greutert's horror film Jessabelle, which also stars Mark Webber, Joelle Carter and Larisa Oleynik.
Michael Bacall, who wrote the screenplay for the first 21 Jump Street based on a story he developed with Hill, wrote the original draft of the sequel before Oren Uziel was brought in for a rewrite. Sony has already slated the film for a June 13, 2014 release date, and production is expected to start at the end of this month.