One of the big surprises at last night's 67th Primetime Emmy Awards was the return of Tracy Morgan, who presented the last award of the night. He received a standing ovation from the crowd for his surprise appearance, which came more than a year after he suffered severe injuries from a car accident last summer. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is in talks to join his first movie since the accident, New Line Cinema's Fist Fight.
We first reported on First Fight back in June, when Ice Cube and Charlie Day signed on to star. The plot has been compared to the 1987 cult classic comedy Three O'Clock High, where a new kid challenges a nerd to a fight after school gets out at 3 o'clock. Fist Fight takes that premise and switches it up with two adult teachers.
Charlie Day is playing an introverted educator who gets challenged to a fight by his colleague (Ice Cube), who thinks he's trying to get him fired. While no further plot details were given, The Hollywood Reporter describes their confrontation as an "epic fist fight." The cast also includes Dean Norris and Jillian Bell, who are playing the school's principal and guidance counselor, respectively. If Tracy Morgan's deal goes through, he will play a coach at the school.
Richie Keen is making his feature directorial debut with Fist Fight, working from a script by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser. Shawn Levy, Billy Rosenberg and Max Greenfield are producing for 21 Laps, although it isn't known when production will get under way. Tracy Morgan was last seen in Top Five and Accidental Love.
Tracy Morgan was riding in a limousine that was struck by a semi truck on a New Jersey highway on June 7, 2014. The actor suffered severe brain injuries and was in a coma for eight days following the accident, which claimed the life of comedian Jimmy Mack. NBC also announced last month that the actor will host Saturday Night Live on October 17.