Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish are poised to be mismatched cops in an upcoming comedy titled Down Under Cover.
The project has attracted what is being reported as the biggest Cannes deal a studio has ever made for a package. As per Deadline, Paramount Pictures has approached a world rights deal and are signing up for a budget input of over $US40 million. Altogether it’s said to be a commitment of around $US50 million. It goes to show the star power of Hemsworth and Haddish, and the potentially promising screenplay.
The script comes from Peter Hoare, whose credits include cancelled Kevin James sitcom Kevin Can Wait and barely-released Ken Jeong comedy Killing Hasselhoff. Hemsworth and Haddish will also be producing the film, with other producers including Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo. No director has been named as yet.
The plot wil find Hemsworth playing a detective who heads undercover to take down those behind a series of casino heists. The prime suspects are a troupe of Aussie male erotic dancers. Hemsworth in an undercover Magic Mike-esque strip scene, anyone? No wonder Paramount had to fork out the big bucks. Hemsworth’s character is forced to team with a difficult partner, played by Haddish.
It’s nice to see Hemsworth embracing his funny side more, following well-received comedic turns in Vacation, Ghostbusters, and Thor’s humorous evolution in Thor: Ragnarok. Teaming him with Haddish could prove to be a winning move. Fingers crossed.
As of now, Down Under Cover is eying a production start date of February 2020. Stay tuned.
Hemsworth recently reprised his role as Thor in Avengers: Endgame and will soon be seen in Men in Black: International. Haddish can be seen on comedy series The Last O.G. and will soon be heard voicing Daisy in The Secret Life of Pets 2.