Tracy Morgan May Star Opposite Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried in ‘The Clapper’
It hasn’t been two years since the six-car collision that threw Tracy Morgan’s whole future into question, but the actor has already begun his comeback. He appeared in the Christmas comedy The Night Before back in the winter as the omniscient narrator, and will soon appear in the ensemble comedy Fist Fight with Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, and Ice Cube. He’s in the process of prepping a new stand-up tour, appropriately titled Picking Up the Pieces, to debut in June. Operating at full power once again, Morgan has now tentatively taken on another new role that’ll prove he’s powered through the accident and come out the other side stronger than ever.
Deadline has the exclusive that Morgan has entered talks to star opposite Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried in The Clapper, a new comedy written and directed by Dito Montiel. Montiel has casted Morgan before, in 2011’s cop drama The Son of No One, though as of late, he’s directed low-profile projects such as the posthumous Robin Williams picture Boulevard and a direct-to-DVD action flick called Empire State, which stars the Rock, Emma Roberts, and Liam Hemsworth. This new film will adapt Montiel’s own novel Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper, a farce about a professional clapper for informercials who is poached by a late-night TV show for his expert clapping skill. Helms will play the title role, and Morgan would appear as Chris Plork, Eddie’s best friend who Deadline’s item describes as providing a good deal of the script’s charm and humor.
It’s good to see Morgan back in the game, and that this generous comedic talent has been preserved through his life-threatening incident. He’s back to doing what he does best (second best, if you count getting people pregnant): making us laugh.