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Kevin Hart went down the buddy cop route earlier this year when he starred in the comedy Ride Along, and he's already set to do it again. This time, however, his partner is going to be Dwayne Johnson instead of Ice Cube, and instead of the Atlanta police he will be working with the CIA.
Variety has the news that New Line is now developing a new comedy called Central Intelligence and has brought on the dynamic duo of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to star. Set to be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber - of Dodgeball and We're The Millers fame - the film will center on Hart as he plays a former high school athlete living a fairly quiet life as an accountant. Things go a bit off the rails, however, when a former classmate he used to bully (Johnson) contacts him in the days before their high school reunion. It turns out that the nerdy loser who used to get picked on is now an assassin for the CIA, and he needs his former tormentor's help to stop the sale of military secrets. Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen are credited with writing the original draft of the screenplay, though We're The Millers' Sean Anders and John Morris have done a draft since. Before the movie starts shooting, Thurber will be doing a script pass of his own.
Funny enough, this past weekend both Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart teased that they would be working together via their social media platforms. While neither actually mentioned what they were working on, it's still fun to already get a peek at some of their chemistry. First, Johnson posted this video to Instagram:
And then Hart posted this message on Twitter:
While New Line has not yet announced an official release date, the current plan is to get Central Intelligence in front of cameras in the spring - which could suggest that the movie will wind up being a part of the blockbuster-packed summer of 2016. In the meantime, Dwayne Johnson will next be featured in James Wan's Furious 7 (arriving in theaters next April) and Kevin Hart will be seen in Chris Rock's comedy Top Five (set to be released in December).