While Kevin Hart won’t be hosting the Oscars, that doesn’t mean his schedule will free up. He’s set to star in Paul Weitz and Sony Pictures‘ Fatherhood and will be showing his serious side, a big-screen adaptation of the Matt Logelin bestseller Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love. The film, which centers on a widower who must raise his daughter after his wife dies in childbirth.
Hart just scored a box office hit with The Upside, another change-of-pace role and its success came despite controversy surrounding Hart’s selection as Oscar host. He abandoned the emcee gig amid blowback over homophobic jokes he made earlier in his career and had been alternately apologetic and defiant while promoting “The Upside,” a stance that further inflamed the controversy.
Hart will shoot Fatherhood after he wraps up the sequel to Jumanji.