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Awkward scheduling may have been at least partially to blame for the ratings struggles Josh Gad's comedy 1600 Penn suffered, which led to its eventual demise after one season at NBC. The goofy but amusing White House-set family comedy never managed to generate much of an audience and it was unsurprisingly left off NBC's line-up for the upcoming season. On the bright side, the series' cancellation means the Book of Mormon star is available for other projects, and that includes a yet-to-be-titled feature comedy, which will have Gad starring alongside comedian Kevin Hart.
Directed and co-written by Jeremy Garelick, the Miramax and Screen Gems film will have Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man), playing the role of Jimmy, a man who provides "best man services" to guys who don't have a close guy friend to stand by their side among the wedding party on the big day. If you're familiar with Gosh Gad and his style of awkward humor, you may have already guessed that he's set to play one of Jimmy's clients. Doug is a groom-to-be with no best man. He's in a particularly tricky pickle, as he not only lacks a best man, but he's also unable to deliver on the nine groomsmen he's fabricated, so he hires Jimmy to help him bring his charade to life. If the ruse fails, it "threatens to destroy everything." Sounds dire. The Break-Up's Jay Lavender co-wrote the film with Garlick.
As a fan of Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, I'm willing to be optimistic about what may be a relatively predictable shenanigan-filled comedy. It will be particularly interesting to see what kind of chemistry these two have on screen. Is Hart's character set up as a Hitch-like fast-talker who's trying to fix Gad's character's situation? Or is he merely a liar-for-hire who's going to make a mess of this guy's life?
In addition to his short-lived NBC comedy and successful run among the original cast of Broadway's The Book of Mormon, Gad's credits include The Internship and the role of Steve Wozniak in Jobs. Meanwhile, Kevin Hart has the concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain set to arrive in theaters next month, as well as Grudge Match.