Alison Brie, best known as Community‘s Annie Edison and for her recurring role on AMC’s Mad Men, has signed on to star alongside Will Ferrell and the rapidly ascending Kevin Hart in the upcoming Warner Brothers film Get Hard. The actress is set to play the fiancee of Ferrell’s character and should prove a capable foil if she is allowed to be more than just a straight woman to the usual Ferrell tomfoolery.
Get Hard will follow the story of a wealthy investment banker (Ferrell) who gets wrongly convicted of a crime. He then enlists the man who washes his car (Hart) to teach him how to toughen up in preparation for his upcoming sentence. It sounds a bit dumb, but with the cast that’s been assembled here, the comedy could very well turn out to be a winner.
Alison Brie has proven to be a gifted comedienne on Community and had smaller, yet memorable roles in The Kings Of Summer, The Five Year Engagement and The LEGO Movie. She’s also shown that she’s very capable of playing off strong male counterparts like Joel McHale and Chris Pratt, which should serve her well here. Add in the unparalleled levels of energy that Hart brings to his films, and Ferrell’s assured status as a comedic genius, and it’s easy to see why this one is already on our radar.
Get Hard will be directed by Etan Cohen, who wrote Tropic Thunder and the cult classic Idiocracy (which certainly bodes well for the film). It’s set to open on March 27, 2015.