Does Chris Tucker have an immensely successful side business that I’m completely unaware of? Though he’s been starring in movies since the early 90s, Tucker only has 11 films on his resume (the last one being 2007’s Rush Hour 3) and only began doing stand-up comedy again this year. Whether he’s a financial genius who turned millions into billions or simply knows how to live with the money he’s made I don’t know, but what I do know is that it looks like he’s ready to make his way back to the big screen. Variety reports that Chris Tucker is now up for parts in both David O. Russell’s The Silver Lining’s Playbook and Akiva Schaffer’s Neighborhood Watch.

In the Russell film, Bradley Cooper stars as a teacher who has a mental breakdown and is sent to a mental hospital for four years. After getting out, he is sent to live with his mother and while trying to get his wife back meets a young neighbor (Jennifer Lawrence) who has some issues of her own. Should negotiations go through, Tucker will play a mental patient who grows to be friends with Cooper while on the inside. Once Cooper is released, Tucker’s character occasionally breaks out so that he can visit him.

As for Neighborhood Watch, the movie is about a group of dads who form a fake committee so that they can have some time away from their wives. Their plan backfires, however, when they uncover a plot that could spell the end of the world. Though the report only says that Tucker is “circling a key role,” meaning he may not yet be in talks, he would play a divorcee who signs up to hang out with the other men. The project already stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.

Tucker actually hasn’t made a movie outside of the Rush Hour franchise since 1997’s Jackie Brown, so it will be interesting to see him as a character other than Detective James Carter. I wonder if he’ll once again be used as the annoying loud-mouth or if the projects will actually allow him to try something new.

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