Back in 2011 (late 2012 in the UK) a little unknown BAFTA nominated French film The Untouchables was released. It was a feel-good film starring François Cluzet and Omar Sy. It was only the matter of time before there was an English Language remake would be made and today The Upside First Trailer has arrived.
This time starring Bryan Cranston as our paralyzed billionaire and Kevin Hart is the ex-convict. This looks like the exact same set up as the original, same characters but now its set in New York. The two set up an unlikely friendship helping an ex-convict on the right path.
This type of film it’s not unusual to see Cranston and one of the film’s other stars Nicole Kidman star in, but not Hart. This does have comedy in it, but not the comedic style we associate Hart with. It’s certainly a departure for him, so it will be interesting to see how he goes. Other comedic actors have proven they can step out there comfort zone and delivered a great performance. Even Adam Sandler has shown he can, and even be funny!
Inspired by a true story, The Upside is a heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston). Directed by Neil Burger and written by Jon Hartmere, The Upside is based on the hit 2011 French film The Intouchables.
The Upside also stars Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies, and Aja Naomi King. STX Entertainment hasn’t given us a UK & Irish cinema release date, however, it is a good chance it will be 11th January 2019.