Russo brothers board Chris Hemsworth comedy ‘Down Under Cover’
The world’s hottest directors, Avengers: Endgame’s Joe and Anthony Russo, have agreed to co-produce Down Under Cover, a buddy cop action comedy that will star Chris Hemsworth and Girls Trip‘s Tiffany Haddish.
Scripted by Peter Hoare, the project was developed by Thematic Entertainment, the production company launched last year by Hemsworth and Australian producers John Finemore and James Hoppe.
Hemsworth will play a detective who goes undercover to crack a series of casino heists in which the prime suspects are a troupe of Australian male erotic dancers. He’s forced to take the partner no one else will — Haddish’s character, a lone wolf who does things only one way, hers.
FilmNation Entertainment is launching international sales at the Cannes film market with CAA handling US rights. According to Deadline there are already four offers on the table for domestic rights.
The Russos and Mike Larocca will produce under their AGBO banner along with Thematic Entertainment and Haddish. The director is yet to be named.
Haddish, who broke out in Girls Trip and Night School, co-stars with Elisabeth Moss and Melissa McCarthy in the Andrea Berloff-directed crime drama The Kitchen, which opens here in September.
She also teamed with Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek in the Miguel Arteta-directed Paramount Pictures comedy Limited Partners, which is slated for next January.
As IF reported, Avengers: Endgame has amassed $US2.486 billion globally, ranking as the second biggest title of all time behind only Avatar’s $2.788 billion. Through Monday the superhero action adventure had grossed $74.7 million in Australia.
The Russos will be in Cannes to pitch their next directing effort, Cherry, which will star Spider-Man‘s Tom Holland in a drama based on the true story of a former Army medic who returned from Iraq with extreme un-diagnosed PTSD, fell into opioid addiction and began robbing banks.
Hoare’s credits including Killing Hasselhoff, which starred Ken Jeong as a struggling nightclub owner who resorts to desperate measures in order to pay off a loan shark; and Standing Up, Falling Down, a comedy directed by first-timer Matt Ratner which stars Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.