The much anticipated sequel to 2012’s 21 Jump Street hits the screens on June 13th.
In recent years, Jewish funny-guy Jonah Hill has evolved into much more than just a funny-guy. The 30 year-old, who started his career with Judd Apatow‘s comedies, has rapidly become one of Hollywood’s most influential personas. Besides being a very busy actor, he also produces, writes – and gathers Oscar nominations. This summer, he’s wearing his funny-guy hat again – along with his writer-hat and his producer-hat – as he reunites with actor/producer Channing Tatum for 22 Jump Street – the sequel to 2012’s blockbuster 21 Jump Street.
The previous film, which was based on the popular 1980’s television series of the same name, told the story of Officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum), who go undercover as high school students to prevent the outbreak of a new drug and arrest its supplier. The new installment, which will be released on June 13th, will see the pair infiltrating a college this time around, and is promised to be ridiculously bigger, flashier, pricier – and sillier.
“We call ourselves out right out of the gate in this one, that sequels are bigger and crappier than the first ones”, says Hill. “So, that’s kinda the approach we’re taking with this, to have a very aware attack at ourselves for making a sequel in the first place”.
The film, which is based on a story by Hill and Michael Bacall, and written by Bacall and Jewish writers Rodney Rothman and Oren Uziel, has generated an online buzz following the release of its trailer, and has been featured on numerous “Most Anticipated Films of the Year” lists.
“It really does feel like a big, giant movie, but with really stupid jokes in it”, summarizes Hill. “Which is kinda great, which is super-entertaining, hopefully”.
22 Jump Street stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Dave Franco, Nick Offerman, Peter Stormare, Ice Cube & Ashlyn McEvers – and includes cameos by original series star Richard Grieco, and Brad Pitt, who made an appearance on one of its episodes.
Apart from his two Oscar nominated roles – in 2011’s Moneyball and 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and both Jump Street films, Jonah Hill appeared in Superbad and Knocked Up in 2007, Funny People in 2009, Get Him to the Greek in 2010 and This Is the End in 2013 – all of which had enjoyed considerable success at the box office.
Hill also showed his versatility by taking a voice role in the successful animated comedy How to Train Your Dragon in 2010.