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Ellie Kemper on board for 21 JUMP STREET

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
June 13th, 2011

Sounds like someone has figured out a way to bring some fresh comedic talent to a sort of bizarrely unnecessary retread. Fresh from the massive success of BRIDESMAIDS, co-star Ellie Kemper is set to join the 21 JUMP STREET film over at Columbia.

The adaptation of the popular (?) television show has been talked about endlessly for months now, but now it finally looks like a full cast is coming together. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have long been on board the remake as undercover cops who pose as high school students, and Kemper will join them as a chemistry teacher described as both "annoyingly sincere" and attracted to Tatum's character, though she seems a bit put out when she finds out he's not really a high school student (awkward). Kemper's trademark pep seems well-suited for this role, but it sounds like she will also be able to bust out a little edge.

The rest of the 21 JUMP STREET cast includes Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, Dave Franco, Johnny Simmons, Dakota Johnson, and Jake M. Johnson. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are making the jump (giggle) to live action with the film.

Despite an admittedly interesting mix of talent in front of and behind the camera, I've been basically uninterested in the 21 JUMP STREET film since it was first announced, mainly because I have no nostalgia attached to the television series from which it springs. The addition of Kemper to the cast definitely changes my interest level from a low-grade "meh" to a middle-grade "hmm?"

21 JUMP STREET is due to hit theaters in 2012.

Source Variety

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