The year of Kevin Hart continues this weekend, with the release of the ensemble rom-com sequel Think Like a Man Too – and with it, comes the first trailer for Hart’s 2015 comedy, The Wedding Ringer. In the latter film, Hart shares headlining duties with Josh Gad, the actor/writer who’s usually played second-fiddle in his movie appearances to date – be they live-action (see: Jobs, The Internship, etc.) or animated (see: Disney’s Frozen, which utilized Gad’s vocal talents as the enchanted snowman Olaf).
Hart, as introduced in the first trailer (watch it above, if you haven’t already), stars in Wedding Ringer as Jimmy, a fellow who makes a living by serving as the best man for grooms who, for whatever reason, cannot find a proper best man for their impending wedding. Basically, this film’s premise is about as plausible as, say, Will Smith enjoying a prosperous career as a “date doctor” in Hitch – which, right off the bat, signals what sort of movie this is and the suspension of disbelief that it requires on the viewers’ part.
Anyway, as is outlined in the Wedding Ringer trailer, Doug (Gad) winds up employing Hart to not only serve as his best man, but also to find him several other candidates that can pass for groomsmen. Multiple outlandish comedy set pieces unfold thereafter, Doug struggles to stay calm and keep his shenanigans a secret from his bride-to-be (The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Jimmy and Doug start to become real friends – you, no doubt, can see where all this is going already.
Wedding Ringer is the feature directorial debut for Jeremy Garelick, who also co-wrote the film’s script with Jay Lavender. Garelick and Lavender previously collaborated on the story and script for the Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn dramedy The Break-Up – a movie that wound up closer to a serious drama about heartbreak and the messiness of relationships than suggested by its marketing (which sold the film as mostly a twist on your average zany rom-com). For better or worse, however, the trailer for Wedding Ringer is probably a more accurate representation of the final movie, by comparison.
Rounding out the Wedding Ringer cast are Olivia Thirlby (Dredd), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope), Affion Crockett (A Haunted House 2), Ken Howard (30 Rock), Jenifer Lewis (Think Like a Man), and Mimi Rogers (Hope Springs).
The Wedding Ringer opens in U.S. theaters on January 16th, 2015.