If you were a young person between the ages of 15 and 25 during the late ’80s, then 21 Jump Street was THE show to watch on Fox. Helping to launch the careers of several actors – Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Peter DeLuise (Stargate: SG-1) – 21 Jump Street tackled several hot and often taboo topics many shows were avoiding, such as alcoholism, hate crimes, gay rights and AIDS.
Since the 21 Jump Street movie project was announced last year, actors Channing Tatum, Ice Cube and Jonah Hill have all signed on for the film, with Hill also taking up the roles of Executive Producer and writer. Last month we told you the direction the story would take and how Doug Zenko (Tatum) would fall for the bad guy’s girlfriend, Molly – who up to this point had yet to be cast.
According to Deadline, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World actress Brie Larson has secured the role of Molly in the upcoming Sony Pictures film. Since the premise of 21 Jump Street involves young-looking cops going undercover as teenagers, Larson should fit in nicely – which makes sense since she’s only 21. The character of Molly wasn’t a part of the original TV show, which isn’t surprising since Hill said he and fellow writers Josh Appelbaum and Michael Bacall were updating the story with a more modern tale.
I’m not completely closed-minded to the ideas Hill and company have put forth for a 21 Jump Street movie; I am, however, slightly apprehensive. TV shows-turned-movies do not have a positive track record either financially or critically.
Charlie’s Angels, The Avengers, The Mod Squad, Starsky and Hutch – there was a reason all of these shows chose to tell their stories in sixty minute intervals over the course of an entire season. Time will tell if Hill and his team of writers have managed to overcome that obstacle in their version of 21 Jump Street.
21 Jump Street starts homeroom in April 2012.
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