Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes have signed on to play brothers in Netflix‘s limited series True Story, the streamer announced Wednesday.
Hart will play Kid, a famous comedian, while Snipes will play his wayward older brother, Carlton. Billed as an event series, True Story concerns a tour stop in Kid’s hometown of Philadelphia that becomes a matter of life and death when the consequences of a lost evening with Carlton threaten to destroy everything he’s built.
Eric Newman, who served as showrunner of the Netflix hits Narcos and Narcos: Mexico, will write the script as well as executive produce the eight-episode series alongside Hart and showrunner Charles Murray (Luke Cage). Caroline Currier will oversee the project on behalf of Newman‘s Grand Electric banner, which has an overall television deal with Netflix, while Mike Stein and Tiffany Brown will oversee on behalf of Hart‘s company Hartbeat Productions.
Stephen Williams (Watchmen) will direct and executive produce the first four episodes, while Hanelle Culpepper (Star Trek: Picard) will direct the final four episodes.
“I’ve never been more excited about an acting project in my career. I’ve always been a fan of Wesley Snipes and working with him is mind-blowing. Nobody is ready for what this show is going to be,” said Hart, who will be making his dramatic series debut in True Story — which despite its name, is a fictional show.
“Kevin Hart’s career is one defined by courageous creative risks and Wesley Snipes is a legendary talent. Together, they are truly a dream team. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with these two,” added Newman, who recently split from his Screen Arcade partner Bryan Unkeless.
True Story sounds like a welcome change of pace for Hart, who has at least a dozen comedy projects in development around town. Pairing him with Snipes and Watchmen director Williams in a limited series on Netflix could be just his career needs, and though I never got around to seeing his work opposite Bryan Cranston in The Upside, I have faith that Hart can rise to the occasion here and give a credible performance as a comedian in crisis.
I happened to watch Hart‘s standup special Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given on Netflix the other day and I really liked his new hour and how candid the actor is about some of his recent “scandals.” Next up for Hart is the Sony dramedy Fatherhood as well as the studio’s action-comedy The Man from Toronto, which pairs him with Woody Harrelson.