Actor Tracy Morgan is apparently getting back to work in a major way this year.
Nearly two years after the devastating automobile accident that almost took his life, the Saturday Night Live alum is reportedly moving forward with a number of different projects for the silver screen, the big screen and the comedy stage.
According to Deadline, Morgan is currently in talks to play the best friend of actor Ed Helms’ character in the Dito Montiel-directed movie, The Clapper.
— The AV Club (@TheAVClub) April 7, 2016
The film focuses on Helms’ character — an infomercial actor that “gets plucked by a late night talk show host to be on his TV show.” However, that primetime notoriety apparently backfires on Helms’ character personally. Ted 2 actress Amanda Seyfried is also set to co-star in the same film, according to Entertainment Weekly.
That is not the only film project currently in development with Tracy Morgan attached. Morgan is also starring in the 2017 Richie Keen-directed film Fist Fight. Fist Fight essentially reunites Tracy Morgan with his First Sunday co-star Ice Cube, along with a number of other solid actors and actresses — including Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses 2) and Dennis Haysbert.
Tracy Morgan Signs on to ‘Fist Fight,’ His First New Film Since His Recovery https://t.co/rLRoydifw6
— Rikki Menacho (@RikkiMenacho) December 1, 2015
Fist Fight sounds terrible, but it’s got Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan and Ice Cube, so I’ll probably try and see it
— The Troyest (@troy_tvh) February 3, 2016
OK so Fist Fight has Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, AND Jillian Bell??? I’m so EXCITED
— anita (@literallyanita) December 13, 2015
Fist Fight focuses on a tense working relationship between a mild English teacher (played by Charlie Day) and one of his colleagues (played by Ice Cube). Deadline reported last September that Cube’s character believes that Day’s character is trying to get him fired — which leads to an epic fist fight held after school.
Aside from his film projects, Tracy Morgan is also busy behind the scenes working on his next televised comedy series. The 30 Rock star is reportedly developing a comedy series for FX alongside Key & Peele star Jordan Peele. According to the show’s official pitch, which was published online by Entertainment Weekly back in January, Tracy will play the leading role of a formerly incarcerated man trying to get comfortable with life outside of prison.
“A career criminal (Morgan) is released from prison after 15 long years, hoping to reintegrate into a society that long ago left him behind. Now a man whose only expertise is making grilled cheese with an iron must navigate a modern world of political correctness, Internet, and self-driving cars.”
The plans for this new FX series reportedly replace the plans that Tracy Morgan had with the team behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia before his fatal crash in 2014.
With a return to the screen, Tracy Morgan also returned to his roots this year by focusing on his stand-up comedy. The comedy tour “Picking Up the Pieces” has been up and running since February 5 with dates currently scheduled until late May, according to Variety. Tracy made sure to reach out to his fans via social media with the confirmed announcement of his tour when the news first broke last October.
Heading back out on the road to bring the funny. Come see me: https://t.co/4fBhXf3CoB #pickingupthepieces
— Tracy Morgan (@RealTracyMorgan) October 20, 2015
Even though Tracy Morgan is steadily filling up his professional plate with project after project, his Hollywood comeback is clearly not holding him back from being there for his wife and daughter. A number of different pictures that the 47-year-old actor has posted on social media in recent months feature him alongside his two-year-old daughter and youngest child, Maven.
Me and my baby girl! cc: @MeganWollover pic.twitter.com/xjWjcemlI1
— Tracy Morgan (@RealTracyMorgan) April 3, 2016
— Tracy Morgan (@RealTracyMorgan) January 18, 2016
Many of his fans and critics will more than likely be thrilled to see Tracy Morgan back in action again – whether it is on stage at his comedy tour, on his new television series or one of his future big screen movie projects.
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