Hollywood’s newest buddy cop comedy has cast an unlikely pair to play the crime-fighters. John Cena (“Trainwreck”) and Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) have just signed onto Ruben Fleischer’s (“Zombieland”) new film project, with David Bernad (“Superstore”) and Murray Miller (“Tour De Pharmacy”) producing alongside him. According to Deadline, who first broke the story, Universal has won the bidding war for the rights to the film. Miller, who wrote and produced HBO’s “Tour De Pharmacy” and executive produced “Girls,” will pen the script. Elias Gertler from Bernad and Fleischer’s production banner will oversee the developing buddy cop comedy.
Bernad and Fleischer, who created their production company The District in 2014, currently helm NBC’s “Superstore” as executive producers. The pair also helm Universal TV’s “The Bold Type,” which premiered on Freeform this past July. One of their recent producing endeavors ushered Brie Larson (“Room”) into the director’s chair with her film “Unicorn Store.” Bernad just endeared critics by producing Mike White’s “Brad’s Status,” which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Fleischer will be stepping back into directing before the buddy-cop project with the upcoming flick “Venom.”
While it may sound strange for Cena, the professional wrestler who broke into acting with Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” to be cast, he comes by the role rather organically. The wrestler turned comedian previously worked with Bernad and Miller in “Tour De Pharmacy,” and the collaboration clearly went well. Nanjiani, who’s best known for the critically acclaimed “Silicon Valley,” is a more expected logical choice, as the actor rides the success of his film “The Big Sick.” It’s unclear if Cena and Nanjiani will have the type of feel-good chemistry that’s integral to a buddy cop film, but here’s hoping the odd couple soar.