Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart Teaming Up for 'Central Intelligence'
Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest men in show business, so it only makes sense for him to team up with one of the tiniest comedians working today. Variety has word that the wrestler turned action franchise revitalizing master is teaming up with Kevin Hart for Central Intelligence, a new action comedy set up at New Line with We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber at the helm. Previously, Ed Helms was attached to star in the film, but clearly he's fallen away. Over the weekend, both Johnson and Hart took to Twitter to tease a potential forthcoming collaboration, and now we know what that was about. Read on!
Here's the tweets in question from Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart:
Hardest workin' man in the room, talkin' to… the other hardest workin' man in the room… http://t.co/Fdfq8ZE5YM
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 8, 2014
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) November 8, 2014
So what's the film about? A high school reunion is approaching fast, and Kevin Hart plays a former high school sports star turned accountant who is contacted by a classmate (Johnson) who was bullied and humiliated back in the day. But now Johnson is a CIA contract killer, and somehow, he gets Hart involved in an attempt to stop a plot to sell classified military secrets. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for Hart to do more screaming and be confused by the action around him, just like his turn in Ride Along. At the very least, we're interested to see how Johnson works with Hart as a team.
The original script gives us hope too since it comes from Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen, who star in and produce "The Mindy Project" respectively, and it's been reworked by Sean Anders and John Morris (That's My Boy) before Thurber gave it a final pass himself. Production is slated to begin in the spring, though there's no indication of when the film might hit theaters, though sometime in 2016 seems like the best bet. Action comedies certainly seem to be Johnson's forte, with the exception of straight-up, over the top action films like the Fast & Furious franchise, because Hercules was just far too serious for what it was. Personally, I just hope Kevin Hart doesn't bring it down too much.