Two join Chris Rock for 'Funeral'

Tracy Morgan, Martin Lawrence cast in comedy

Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence are joining Chris Rock in Screen Gems and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment's remake of "Death at a Funeral."

Also joining the cast are Loretta Devine, Ron Glass, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana and Columbus Short.

Neil LaBute is directing the ensemble comedy in which a funeral ceremony turns into a debacle of misplaced cadavers and family secrets. When things can't get any worse, a man arrives saying he's the dead man's gay lover and threatens blackmail.

Rock, who co-wrote the script with Ayesha Carr, is producing with Sidney Kimmel, Share Stalling, Lawrence Malkin and William Horberg.

Clint Culpepper and Scott Strauss are overseeing for Screen Gems.

For Morgan the deal marks a continued push into movies and building on the work he does in "30 Rock"; the actor recently signed on to star opposite Bruce Willis in the Warner Bros. buddy action-comedy "A Couple of Cops," which Kevin Smith just signed on to direct. Morgan is repped by Endeavor.

Lawrence, repped by CAA and the Collective, last appeared in "College Road Trip" and "Wild Hogs."
comments powered by Disqus