Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in ‘Intouchables’ Remake

Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart in 'Intouchables'
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Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart are in talks to star in the Weinstein Co.’s “The Intouchables,” a remake of the 2011 hit French dramedy written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.

Sources have exclusively told Variety that Simon Curtis is attached to direct the remake.

The original was released by the Weinstein Co. in 2011, grossing $416 million overseas. The movie follows an aristocrat who, after becoming a paraplegic following a paragliding accident, hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

The Weinstein Co. quickly acquired the remake rights and set Paul Feig to pen the script. The film is high priority for the company, with shooting expected to start this summer.

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Cranston is coming off his Oscar-nominated portrayal of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s “Trumbo.” He can be seen next in HBO’s “All the Way,” a telepic based on a play by Robert Schenkkan in which he portrays Lyndon B. Johnson.

He is currently filming “Why Him?” opposite James Franco for Fox and also appears in Franco’s “In Dubious Battle.” He is repped by UTA.

Hart released “Ride Along 2,” the sequel to his hit 2014 comedy with Ice Cube, earlier this year. He can be seen next in “Central Intelligence” with Dwayne Johnson, which releases June 17. He is repped by UTA and 3 Arts.

After cutting his teeth on the British TV scene, Curtis broke with the Oscar-nominated “My Week With Marilyn” and followed that up with “Woman in Gold,” which earned Helen Mirren a SAG nomination. He is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and United Agents.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the Cranston and Hart attachments.

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  1. Angel de Gil says:

    it is a work with soul, spirit, subtly, humanely, without discrimination and amazing spiritual homogenization where consorts what many critics do not consider what is possible and is accomplished in this very good movie taken from a true story.

  2. mindy56 says:

    This is such a great movie-the only reason I can think for a remake is that folks won’t go see something they have to read! Kevin Hart may be funny but is not cast properly just for his size alone-really-he’s going to lift Cranston out of a wheelchair? If you needed a black actor there are plenty of talented black actors (Michael B. Jordan, Morris Chestnut, Common, Jamie Fox, Anthony Mackie to name a few) to choose from-why him? Big Mistake

  3. Mario Manni says:

    Haha Hollywood has run out of ideas, or what? This movie cannot get better and deserves to be left untouched. This will be a joke!

  4. Friardo says:

    Why? Do they think they can make a better version?

  5. Cheyenne says:

    This is a nightmare.

  6. Ryan says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t remake this film!!!! One of the best foreign films of the decade. America find your own original content to make

  7. Chuck says:

    If they have to remake the movie — which they shouldn’t — why can’t Kevin Hart play the patient in the wheelchair and Cranston can play the male nurse? Would be much more interesting, and a much better film, that way. Why does the African-American actor always have to be in a service position?

  8. lucky day says:

    So Hart must be taking over the role of Eliot Ness?

  9. GG says:

    Bryan can cross over to a new audience on Kevin’s back so what does he have to lose. Kevin has already reached that cross over point given his recent white co-stars. Bryan is a true talent and will always be a talent. There’s nothing wrong with getting paid the big bucks every now and then so that he can continue to do his passion projects for no money. They might actually make a good team and Bryan being a true thespian might calm Kevin down so that Kevin can actually deliver a performance that is not so over-the-top. This film might be the best vehicle but the duo might work.

  10. The Truth says:

    Kevin Hart’s objective in this role might be to alter industry and public perception of his talents by demonstrating surprising range beyond the black buffoon roles he’s known for. This could happen if Feig’s script and Curtis’s direction successfully replicate the charming yet touching comedic chemistry of the French original. Otherwise, a re-tooling of the concept designed to showcase Hart’s silly shtick — Cranston also has sitcom chops — could appeal to the same audiences that have paid more than half a billion dollars in the last three years to laugh at Hart’s headlining antics. The selection of Curtis, who’s feature work is not comedic, seems to indicate the Weinsteins are going for the former. Curtis did, however, direct a few episodes of Tracey Ullman’s brilliant sketch show Tracey Takes On back in the 1990’s. So it will be interesting to see how this project shapes up.

  11. Daniel Marley says:

    Is this an early April fool’s joke?

    Why, why, why?

  12. PTeel says:

    The movie came out five years ago…why does it need a remake?

  13. DJ says:

    Cranston’s post-Breaking Bad film choices are starting to worry me now. He got an Oscar nom for Trumbo, but that was such a forgettable film. The Infiltrator is directed by a guy that has only made one decent movie (The Lincoln Lawyer), Why Him? has a great cast but seems like a Meet the Parents rip-off, Wakefield is from a decently acclaimed screenwriter making her directorial debut, and this movie is a remake of a 5-year old crowd pleasing French film that’s gonna be helmed by a hack director. I really think he should take a break from these lead roles in forgettable projects and take a juicy supporting role in a Fincher movie or something.

    • DJ says:

      Not to mention his co-star is gonna be Kevin freakin’ Hart? That guy is critical poison and it’s a miracle he hasn’t flamed out by now. Go with a Jerrod Carmichael or something, someone who isn’t gonna play this so over-the-top.

  14. Mason says:

    just cast Omar Sy again. Kevin is close to if not the worst choice for this role.

  15. Marie says:

    NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
    I can assume that Bryan is a great actor, but there are some movies that don’t need a remake.
    REALLY? Kevin Hart? Not only he’s overexposed, but the guy can play only one character:himself. Omar was great, he was naturally funny and had great chemistry with his co-star, unlike Kevin he’s not hyper and over the top.

    • flosse says:

      I have to agree 100%. Omar Sy did a great job in the original and Kevin Hart does not have what is necessary for the role: physical size, emotions, humor. Even Denzel Washington would fit better than Hart. Go for Hart if you have to remake any old Eddie Murphy movie (but who would want to remake them???).

      • GG says:

        Begging the madam’s pardon but “Trading Places”, “48 Hours” and “Beverly Hills Cop” were good entertaining movies.

  16. Iván el Terrible says:

    The French film is great. I fear Hart will ruin the remake. Poor Bryan, what he will have to suffer.

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