Kevin Hart has inked a deal to star in the upcoming superhero comedy Night Wolf.
The script from Detective Pikachu writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit centers on a man who’s meeting his future father-in-law for the first time only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as the Night Wolf.
Hart will produce the film through his HartBeat Productions company after STXfilms acquired the project.
“I am excited to be working with our friends at STX again,” he said in a statement to Variety. “They brought us a great project with Night Wolf. I instantly fell in love with this pitch about an everyday guy who is meeting his in-laws for the first time and unwittingly discovers his dad to be is secretly a superhero.”
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In 2017, Hart and Bryan Cranston starred in the STX-distributed The Upside, which made $108 million at the domestic box office.
Hart has two other comedy projects in development with STX after it announced a partnership with HartBeat earlier this year.
The company said it’s “thrilled” to be working with Hart again.
“After we acquired Night Wolf, we submitted it to Kevin Hart and the Team at HartBeat hoping they would love it as much as we did,” STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement. “It is a big, broad comedy and the idea is great fun and perfectly matched with Kevin’s comedic talent. We are thrilled to be working on what will now be our fourth film together.”