Tiffany Haddish Could Be Leading Sony’s ’21 Jump Street’ Reboot

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Tiffany Haddish could soon be leading her very own studio franchise.

Sony’s been circling a female-led reboot of 21 Jump Street for a while now, and they may have found their lead. Tiffany Haddish is reportedly in talks to star in the film, which has a few twists on offer on the formula that saw Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill playing cops going undercover in high school.

Collider broke the news of Haddish’s possible casting, reporting that she could be playing a cop who goes undercover as a teacher and possibly the mother of a new student – and fellow undercover cop. Circling that other role is rapper and actress Awkwafina, who’s been rising rapidly in the past year with roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8.

Directing and writing the reboot is Rodney Rothman, who co-wrote 22 Jump Street and is one of the three directors on Sony’s fantastic Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. 21/22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be returning, although in producing capacity.

Sony had once considered rebooting the Jump Street franchise as a Men in Black crossover. Thankfully, they scrapped that idea. Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are leading a new Men in Black film set for release in June 2019.

This could be quite the get for Haddish. She’s been climbing the screen ladder quite rapidly since her well-received turn in Girls Trip, which earned $US140 million in worldwide box office receipts, and recently starred alongside Kevin Hart in the $US100 million-plus comedy hit Night School. Among the projects in the pipeline for Haddish: Limited Partners, a comedy also starring Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek, and The Kitchen, a crime-drama that puts Haddish in more serious fare with Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Domhnall Gleeson.

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