One of the toughest parts about having a regular role on a television show is scheduling. While having a steady paycheck acting is something that a lot of people dream about, those also wanting to pursue a career in film have to wait until a hiatus in order to fit them in. Case in point, exactly what Ellie Kemper is doing now.
With The Office playing its season finale a few weeks ago, Kemper has signed on for a part in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street, according to Variety. Though she could probably pass for a student, the actress will play a chemistry teacher named Ms. Griggs who finds herself attracted to Channing Tatum's character only to discover that he's an undercover cop. The film also stars Jonah Hill, Brie Larson, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, Dave Franco, Johnny Simmons, Dakota Johnson, Jake M. Johnson and DeRay Davis and is currently in production. 21 Jump Street is set to be released on March 16, 2012.
While I think this could be great and that Kemper is a perfect choice for this kind of part, I still think that the movie is asking a lot of its audience by making us believe that anybody could think Channing Tatum is still in high school. The guy is in his 30s and over six feet tall. Unless they are approaching it from either the "transfer student that's been kept back for 10 years" or "Billy Madison" angle, it might be a problem.
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