Kevin Hart in Talks to Play Santa Claus in Disney's 'Dashing Through the Snow' (Exclusive)

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Will Packer, who worked with Hart on the 'Ride Along' movies and was an exec producer on 'Roots,' is producing with John Jacobs ('Ted').

Kevin Hart is in negotiations to star in Dashing Through the Snow, a family Christmas comedy being developed by Disney.

Will Packer, who worked with Hart on the Ride Along movies and was an executive producer on Roots, is producing with John Jacobs (Ted).

The story tells of a New York City detective who is a workaholic and has a strained relationship with his son. The only thing that may be able to repair the father-son relationship is the one true Santa Claus who has to make the man believe in Christmas magic.

Hart would play Santa.

The project is based on an original idea by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air), and Rob Burnett is writing the current draft. Liar Liar and Elf have been said to be the tonal analogues.

A search for a director is about to get underway. Kristin Burr is overseeing for Disney.

One of the town's busiest comic actors, Hart this year starred in Ride Along 2 and New Line’s hit Central Intelligence, the latter having grossed over $126 million domestically. He also has his comedy concert film Kevin Hart: What Now? currently in theaters.

Hart, who also voiced a character in The Secret Life of Pets, is shooting Jumanji, Sony’s remake of the 1995 family adventure movie that reunites him with his Central Intelligence co-star Dwayne Johnson.

He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Schreck Rose.