Casting Net: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube sign on for 'Ride Along 2'

Word games with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube
Word games with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube


    Word games with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube


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Story highlights

  • Tim Story will return to direct "Ride Along 2"
  • Haley Joel Osment is in for "Entourage" movie
  • 'SNL' alum Rachel Dratch has joined cast of "The Grief of Others"
Here is a round up of some of the recent casting news out of Hollywood:
• Kevin Hart and Ice Cube will reprise their roles in the just-announced sequel to Ride Along. Tim Story will also return to direct the film for Universal with Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi penning the script. The $25 million buddy comedy scored an A CinemaScore, broke January box office records, stayed in the top spot for three weekends in a row, and has already passed the coveted $100 million mark (its domestic total is currently resting at $116 million). They could start shooting the sequel as early as this summer. [Variety]
• The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus is set to team up with Robert Kirkman on a big-screen project — Air, a sci-fi thriller starring Djimon Hounsou. Both will play custodial workers surviving in an underground cryogenic facility after a nuclear fall-out. Chris Pasetto will make his directorial debut on the project. [THR]
• Brie Larson (Short Term 12) is in talks to join the Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. The plot is being kept a secret. [Variety]
• Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) has taken on a supporting role in the Entourage movie. Guesses on whether or not he'll be playing himself? [Deadline]
• Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust & Bone) is set to star in Felix van Groeningen's (The Broken Circle Breakdown) Beligica, a drama about two brothers who start a bar in Belguim. [Variety]
• Micah Hauptman (Parker) will join Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Jason Clarke in Baltasar Kormákur's Everest. He'll play the part of filmmaker and avid climber David Breashears, who co-directed the 1996 IMAX film Everest and the PBS Frontline documentary Storm Over Everest about the 1996 disaster. [Deadline]
• Charles S. Dutton (Alien 3) will play Chank Middleton, a friend of Gregg Allman's, in the Allman Brothers biopic My Cross to Bear. [Deadline]
• Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch has joined the cast of The Grief of Others, about a couple whose baby dies shortly after his birth. Wendy Moniz (Betrayal) and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live) will play the parents for director Patrick Wang. [Variety]