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CBS' 'Rush Hour' Reboot Casts Lead
Justin Hires is headed to CBS' Rush Hour pilot.
The TV remake is from Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence, and is similar in tone to the series of New Line Cinema films, which followed a Hong Kong police officer who travels to L.A. for a case and is forced to work with a cocky LAPD officer. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan originated the roles.
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Hires will play Carter, the LAPD detective Tucker portrayed in the three feature films. Carter is described as an irreverent bad-boy detective who uses unorthodox methods to get results.
Hires — a performer in CBS' 2011 Diversity Showcase — counts credits including 21 Jump Street and Comedy Central's Key & Peele. The casting follows an extensive search that saw offers go to Damon Wayans Jr., T.I. and Kid Cudi.
The film trilogy's Brett Ratner (who directed) and Arthur Sarkissian (who produced) will executive produce alongside Lawrence, McCormick and Doozer Productions' Jeff Ingold.
Rush Hour was one of scores of feature film remakes to be developed this season, with Fox also greenlighting a Minority Report reboot. Combined, the three Rush Hour films have grossed nearly $850 million worldwide.
Hires is repped by Sherry Marsh of Marsh Entertainment and Mark Scroggs of DSA.