Ken Jeong Joins Kevin Hart, Ice Cube in 'Ride Along 2'

Ken Jeong - P 2014
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Ken Jeong - P 2014

Tim Story is directing the sequel to Universal's hit action comedy.

Ken Jeong has joined the cast of Ride Along 2, the sequel to Universal’s hit action comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.

Tim Story is back as director, while Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are back on script duties.

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The movie, which shoots this summer with Cube, Will Packer, Matt Alvarez and Larry Brezner producing, will be released Jan. 15, 2016.

Executive vp production Scott Bernstein will oversee the project for the studio.

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Jeong’s role is being described as similar to Joe Pesci’s scene-stealing third wheel in 1980s classic Lethal Weapon 2. (Google it. Or just go see the movie.) He will play a cocky computer hacker who fancies himself a ladies man but who also is key in solving the case that Cube and Hart are working on.

Jeong already is familiar to scene-stealing, having done that in The Hangover movies, which made him a star. The actor, who also stars on TV’s Community, recently wrapped The DUFF for CBS Films.

He is repped by CAA and Aligned Entertainment.