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CBS’ ‘Rush Hour’ Casts Justin Hires in Chris Tucker Role

Actor Justin Hires has been cast in the Chris Tucker role in CBS’ drama pilot adaptation of the “Rush Hour” film franchise.

Hires had a small part in 2012’s “21 Jump Street” and more recently has made appearances on Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele.” In the Warner Bros. TV pilot he’ll play a cocky, maverick LAPD detective who is assigned to work on a case with a stoic detective from Hong Kong. Jon Foo has already been cast in the role played by Jackie Chan opposite comedian Tucker in three “Rush Hour” features.

Comedy scribes Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick penned the script for the TV redo and are exec producing with the director and producer of New Line Cinema’s “Rush Hour” pics — Brett Ratner and Arthur Sarkissian — and Jeff Ingold of Lawrence’s Doozier Prods. Jon Turteltaub is directing the pilot and also exec producing.

Hires got his start out of college as an on-air personality for the MTVU cabler. He’s also produced sketch comedy videos for various YouTube outlets.

Hires is repped by Sherry Marsh of Marsh Entertainment and Mark Scroggs of DSA.

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