Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan may still be recovering from last year’s serious car crash which resulted in the death of his friend James McNair and left him with several injuries, but it looks like he’s ready to return to film. The Wrap reports that Morgan is in talks to join Ice Cube (21 Jump Street) and Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) in New Line’s upcoming comedy Fist Fight. The role will be Morgan’s first since the June 2014 accident.
Fist Fight will tell the story of an amiable teacher, played by Day, who is challenged to a fist fight by a stronger co-worker, played by Cube. Richie Keen (Maron) will direct a cast that also includes Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) as the school’s principal and Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) as a guidance counselor. Evan Susser and Van Robichaux have penned the script, while Shawn Levy, Max Greenfield and John Rickard will produce.
Morgan made an appearance at last Sunday night’s 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, and was greeted with a standing ovation by the audience before talking about the accident, cracking a few jokes and presenting the award for Outstanding Drama Series. He is also set to host Saturday Night Live on October 17th.
The actor’s most recent films include Rio 2, The Boxtrolls, Top Five and Accidental Love.