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Michael Ealy and Regina Hall In Talks To Join Kevin Hart In Remake Of ‘About Last Night’

Michael Ealy and Regina Hall In Talks To Join Kevin Hart In Remake Of 'About Last Night'

What we already know: Screen Gems is remaking the 1986 rom-com, About Last Night, and Kevin Hart is the first actor to be cast in the project that centers on a man and woman who try to have a romantic affair, but are hindered by their own personal problems, as well as the interference of their disapproving friends.

What's the latest? Hart's Think Like A Man co-stars Michael Ealy and Regina Hall are in early talks to join him in the remake, says Variety.

The original film's synopsis:

Danny and Bernie are two single men living their lives on the wild side. But when Danny meets Debbie at a bar and the two start a relationship with a one night stand, Danny's life takes a different turn. How does this passionate night become a full affair and what effect will this relationship have on both people and their friendship with their best mates?

Edward Zwick directed the original that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as the couple who meet (Danny and Debbie), and James Belushi played Danny's best friend, Bernie.

Hart has signed on to play the Belushi role; while Ealy is said to be in talks to play the lead, originated by Rob Lowe.

Hall will play the female lead's best friend who has a love/hate relationship with Hart's character. 

The female lead is yet to be cast. Although since it appears to be a Think Like A Man reunion we could say (Will Packer is producing this as well), Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson and Meagan Good seemingly are options.

The original film was based on the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago.

No director has been attached yet (Tim Story maybe), although Leslye Headland is penning the script. She's a relative newbie who worked on a TV show called Terriers in 2010.

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Comments

Jason

um can we give some OTHER black actors & actress a chance to star in a movie? i like Kevin, Michael, and Regina, but i would like to see some new fresh faces get a chance..

Miles Ellison

I don't know about this. The relationship in the original film had some complexity to it. That probably won't sell.

D.C. Kirkwood

I vote for younger actresses like Nicole Beharie, Tessa Thompson, YaYa Dacosta or Emayatzy Corinealdi, or maybe Jurnee Smollett.

whitney

Maybe Nicole Beharie for the lead?

Ivory Jeff Clinton

I like the '86 version of "About Last Night… ." I hope the remake is a take on a couple struggling to build a serious relationship, get to truly know each other, etc., after a one-night stand that's different for more than just the obvious, racial reason. Or it would be nice to get a unique version of the source material, "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." The announcement gives me the same uneasy feelings I had when I first heard about the black Steel Magnolias Lifetime's doing. I don't want to see a remake that's supposed to be interesting only because it has a black rather than a white cast. Kinda reminds me of the way The Cleveland Show, though a spinoff and not a remake, is such a retread of the personalities from Family Guy that treats blackness alone as something so novel that fresh ideas and thoughtful character development are unneeded because "ooh, he's like a black version of" whomever. See this excellent article on that topic: http://www.tnr.com/blog/john-mcwhorter/family-guy-blackface-funny. The people whose names are attached to the ABL update so far are all talented, so I sincerely hope that's not the case.

Considering that Rob Lowe was 22 and Demi Moore 23 when ABL came out, and Ealy, Good, Henson and Union are in their 30s and 40s, apparently the young-couple aspect of the original film is one thing their changing.

misha

"Why didn't they just make Regina Hall the lead? She has so much range, and she is both funny and sexy." <<< Agreed. The woman is seriously underrated.

Kai

i agree, the actors are all too old.. the original featured fresh and upcoming talent…hart , ealy and hall are way to long in the tooth to pull it off.

slb

Am I the only one who hates "Black" remakes of "White" films? I rolled my eyes when I heard about the "Steel Magnolias" remake. Can we just write our own stories without trying to remake a White Movies?

Edwina

These actors seem too old for these roles. I remember the lead characters in their twenties in the original. This crew is pushing 40. I'd hate to see them act like 20 year olds. That would be ridiculous.

ALM

Why didn't they just make Regina Hall the lead? She has so much range, and she is both funny and sexy. On the other hand, Hollywood is continuing to show their EXTREME laziness. They would rather remake a bunch of hit movies with actors of color instead of writing original scripts for actors of color. Yet, Hollywood continues to give Caucasian casts original scripts, whether the box office numbers are good or not.

Brad

Sigh. Screen gems and will cast the same ppl over and over. How about letting other actors in?

The Presence

another black remake

Jules

I love the original. I really hope they stick with the original story arc. The original is a dramedy and it would be nice to see these actors show their dramatic acting chops. I vote for Sanaa Lathan for the lead.

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