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Ken Jeong and Jamie Foxx have each worked on Todd Phillips comedies in the past – the Hangover trilogy and Due Date, respectively. But they are branching out on their own for a pair of comedies that each has scripted, yet only need bankable leads to get the ball rolling.
Foxx tells 24 Frames that he has agreed to star in After Prom, a buddy comedy that Jeong will produce about polar opposite parents who have to “steer their teenage children through their own prom gantlet.” In exchange, Foxx says that Jeong will co-star in All-Star Weekend, a comedy the Ray star is developing at his company about best friends who root for opposing NBA players.
Foxx says that he plans on writing and directing All-Star, which will have a part for comedian Kevin Hart (and likely a cameo role for Foxx, himself). While I wouldn’t have initially pegged Foxx and Jeong as likely collaborators, seeing the projects that they are setting up around each other makes sense. Both premises have potential, and I’m genuinely interested to see what Foxx can do as a director, now that he has studied under such masters as Quentin Tarantino, Michael Man and Taylor Hackford, to name just a few.
While we wait for this one-two punch of comedy, look for Foxx in Tarantino’s Django Unchained, in theaters on Christmas Day. And next year, he’ll play the President of the United States in Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, with Channing Tatum.