21 Jump Street Adds a Franco Brother
04.11.11 by Ryan
Since Columbia Pictures confirmed that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were the leads in the studio's upcoming remake of 21 Jump Street, one question that remained unanswered was, would Tatum and Hill play undercover cops that head into high schools to find drug dealers like the original Fox TV show? The latest casting addition answers that question.
Deadline reports that Dave Franco, younger brother of Academy Award nominee James Franco, has joined the cast of 21 Jump Street as "Eric, the most popular kid in school, who also happens to be a raging drug dealer." This means that Hill, now 27, and Tatum, soon to be 31, will play cops that infiltrate high schools. It's possible that Franco, 26, will report to the movie's recently cast antagonist, played by Rob Riggle (The Hangover).
The 21-year-old Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), who was cast last month in the female lead role of Molly, will have a much easier time looking high school aged than his co-stars. Luckily the remake, conceived by Hill and written by Scott Pilgrim screenwriter Michael Bacall, is being shot as a comedy, meaning that Tatum and Hill's age won't matter and could even be used as a joke.
The Fox TV show ran from 1987-1991 and helped launch the career of Johnny Depp. According to the report, a day in the movie's shooting schedule is being reserved for a Depp cameo, should he be able to come in and shoot one. Depp told EW last February that he was "hoping they'll let me do a cameo" in the movie.
Someone will say, "Whatever happened to Tom Hanson?" and they'll find me somewhere hoarding jars of peanut butter and shaking in my underpants.
If Depp can work it into his schedule, it's likely some kind of Depp cameo will be worked into the movie. Hill admitted last November that Depp appearing in the movie would be "awesome".
Production is set to start later this month on 21 Jump Street for a March 16, 2012, release. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) are directing while Ice Cube costars.