Chris Tucker Signs With UTA (Exclusive)
He’ll be seen later this year in Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.’
Chris Tucker has exited WME for UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
The decibel-busting actor and comedian was famously paid $20 million and $25 million, respectively, for Rush Hour’s two sequels but went quiet after the the third installment was released in 2007. He resurfaced in 2012 for David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, forecasting a highly selective taste in projects. Tucker's next pic is Ang Lee’s adaptation of the returning-soldier novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which is set to open on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. He will play a producer who wants to make a movie about the soldiers.
Tucker first made his name as a stand-up comic in the 1990s, appearing on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, before going on to star in Friday, Dead Presidents, The Fifth Element, Money Talks (which he executive produced) and Jackie Brown. Last summer, Netflix presented his stand-up special, Chris Tucker Live.