Franco joins cast of 21 Jump Street film
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The youngest-looking cops are back on the case ...
21 Jump Street was, and still is, a true television guilty pleasure. Starring a young Johnny Depp, alongside Peter DeLuise, Dustin Nguyen, and Holly Robinson Peete, the crew at Jump Street took on high-school crime for five seasons between 1987 and 1991.
Now, in "I can't believe it took them this long" news, 21 Jump Street is up for a reboot, this time on the big screen. The screenplay has been written by Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall (who also wrote the screenplay for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with Edgar Wright). Jonah Hill will also star as one of the police officers who infiltrate teen crime, with Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe) and Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). The officers are disappointingly less diverse than the original cast; however, some interesting casting choices have still been made. First, Ice Cube has signed on to play Captain Fuller, the officer in charge of the Jump Street team. The main villain is Rob Riggle, of Funny or Die and the Daily Show. And now, according to Empire, Dave Franco, brother to the always-working James Franco, has signed on to be a bad guy as well. Franco worked with Hill in Superbad, played the creepy womanizer Cole on the final season of Scrubs, and will appear in the upcoming Fright Night with Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin' from Superbad).
It is possible that audiences are reaching their saturation point with Jonah Hill. Let's call it the Rogen Event Horizon; right when you realize that a single actor is involved in every ... single ... comedy movie, you reain production on the IMDB, you realize that you need a break from that particular actor or brand of humor. And the casting till now, while fitting and fine, has been a bit predictable. However, the casting of the villains has been a touch of genius. Franco is a competent actor, but he has an untapped source of weirdness, which this role might just get to. And Riggle - he can't not be funny. Whether attacking Wolf Blitzer and US Foreign Policy on the Daily Show, or an ex-convict in a doughnut shop on Funny or Die, Riggle is just brilliant.
It's no Johnny Depp, but it's a start.
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