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Cast set for Chris Rock’s ‘Funeral’

Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan to star

Screen Gems and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment have assembled their cast for the Chris Rock starrer “Death at a Funeral,” with Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan signing on to star alongside Rock in the Neil LaBute-directed comedy.

Story revolves around a dysfunctional family that gathers for the patriarch’s funeral. When tensions rise and old conflicts are uncovered, a man arrives saying he’s the dead man’s gay lover and threatens blackmail.

Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, Columbus Short, Loretta Devine and Ron Glass round out the cast of the American remake of the 2007 British film.

Rock also is producing and co-writing the film, which was co-written by Aeysha Carr.

Lensing is skedded to begin in the spring.

Sidney Kimmel and William Horberg also will serve as producers along with Share Stallings and Laurence Malkin. Both Stallings and Malkin served as producers on the original. Jim Tauber and Dean Craig, who wrote the 2007 film’s screenplay, will exec produce.

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