STX Entertainment has dropped the first trailer for The Upside, an upcoming feel-good dramedy starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman.
The film is a remake of the hit 2011 true story-inspired film The Intouchables, telling of the friendship that unfolds between a wealthy paraplegic man (Cranston) and the man who’s hired to help him (Hart). The original is a sweet film that unashamedly tugged at the heartstrings and benefited from great performances by François Cluze and Omar Sy. Pushing aside the question if we even need a remake to a box office hit from 2011, this could work well by follow a similar recipe. While Cranston is no doubt a highly capable performer, it’s going to be interesting to see how Hart handles tackling more serious fare (he’s still getting a chance to do his comedic thing, of course).
The Upside is directed by Neil Burger, whose previous credits include The Illusionist, Limitless, and Divergent. Jon Hartmere wrote the adapted screenplay. The film, also starring Julianna Margulies, Tate Donovan, and Aja Naomi King, hits US cinemas on 11 January 2019.
Synopsis for The Upside:
Inspired by a true story, The Upside is a heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston). Directed by Neil Burger and written by Jon Hartmere, The Upside is based on the hit 2011 French film The Intouchables.