Don’t Call it a comeback! Variety reports that Chris Tucker is in talks for not one, buttwo high-profile roles — and neither is ‘Rush Hour 4.’ The picky comedian is in talks to co-star in the David O. Russell–directed ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as ‘Neighborhood Watch’ opposite Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.
Tucker — who hasn’t appeared onscreen since ‘Rush Hour 3’ in 2007, and has only made ‘Rush Hour’ films since 1998 — would play Cooper’s best friend in ‘Playbook,’ an institutionalized free spirit who frequently escapes to visit his recently released pal. In ‘Watch,’ Tucker would tackle the role of a recent divorcee hoping the local neighborhood watch — which counts Stiller, Vaughn and Hill as members and uncovers a plot to destroy the world — will get him out of the house.
This isn’t the first time Tucker has been rumored for a high-profile film in 2011. The star was also on the shortlist of names for the lead in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained,’ a part that eventually went to Jamie Foxx.