The last time we took a walk around the block on Jump Street, Sony was planning to make a third installment of the 21 Jump Street franchise (23 Jump Street, duh) a crossover event with Men In Black. But according to Collider, that may not be happening because production has already begun on MIB starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, and I guess Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum weren’t invited. That left the 23 Jump Street slot open for Sony to move forward with a female-led version. Now Collider reports that Tiffany Haddish and Awkwafina are both in talks to co-star in what they’ll probably call 23 Boob Street.
Here’s what’s in store for the franchise:
Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street) is writing and directing the film, while Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to return as producers. Now, we know what you’re thinking. At 39 years old, isn’t Haddish a little old to be playing an undercover cop infiltrating a high school? Well, yes… if she was playing a student. But Collider hears that Haddish is going to play a teacher this time around, possibly posing as the mother of a new student — and fellow undercover cop.
This is very confusing. Would Tiffany’s character be playing a teacher or Awkwafina’s mother? Both?! I’m not against it, as long as they don’t hurt themselves by trying to explain how Tiffany came to be the mother of a 29-year-old Asian teen. The way to go here is to not say anything, and keep it moving.
I think Tiffany and Awkwafina would have amazing chemistry together. And in keeping with the raunchy, filterless ethos of the Jump Street film franchise, they’d both fit right in. I do have a small secondary casting suggestion for Sony though. Somebody from the original TV show has been working out and is ready for his big comeback. He’s not getting any of Mickey Rourke’s castoff roles anymore so he’s probably eager for a major studio franchise.
That’s right, Richard Grieco, baby! He’s got a closet full of bandanas and he’s ready for his closeup.
Blue Steel never looked so steely.