For years it had been mooted that Eddie Murphy would make up the cast of Triplets for Ivan Reitman’s long-gestating sequel to his 1988 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito comedy Twins, but now it appears that 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan will become the third missing sibling for the 33-years in the making movie.
According to Deadline Triplets will begin filming as early as January, which is one of the main reasons why Murphy has been switched at birth with Morgan.
Reitman told Deadline “this whole thing started with Arnold meeting Eddie Murphy, and the suggestion came from one of them. It was, ‘I should be a triplet, that could be a very funny comedy.’ We started a script with Eddie, and after the success he had with Amazon Prime on Coming 2 America, he got himself booked up heavily. And we knew we were going to make it at the beginning of next year. I’d been good friends with Tracy Morgan for a long time and always thought he was one of the funniest men in the world. I thought he would make a terrific triplet, and we rewrote the whole script for him. Now, we’ll go out and try and put the money together and get it made.”
So you wait three decades to put a cast together and scheduling conflicts still get in the way.
Reitman continued to reveal the synopsis for Triplets, saying “Secretly, there was a third baby born, a Black baby, who hasn’t been in touch with his siblings. They don’t know each other and very early in the movie they meet and it’s how they achieve a bond together after all these years. It’s really a film about family and, no matter how different we all are, we have to learn to get along. These guys have great chemistry together, and you can see that in the reel, and how much energy they bring out in each other.”
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