Keke Palmer is set to star and produce in a new feature comedy called “The Backup.” The film, which is in development at Universal Pictures, will also be produced by comedian Kevin Hart and his partner at Hartbeat Productions, Bryan Smiley.
Written by Chris Brew and Jordan Gouveia, the film follows the story of a player named Ben who decides he’s ready to settle down with his childhood friend Alyssa, played by Palmer. Unfortunately, Alyssa reveals that she’s engaged to a handsome billionaire and needs Ben to be her best man. This sets off a series of events that lead Ben and his friends to travel to Maui to outshine Alyssa’s fiancé and win her back.
In addition to Hart and Smiley, Palmer will produce the film through her production company, Big Boss Entertainment, along with her mother Sharon Palmer. Also joining the ranks of producers is Autumn Bailey-Ford, who will produce through her production company Autumn Bailey Entertainment. Patricia Braga and Kayla Stamps will serve as executive producers for Hartbeat.
The project is currently in development, and no director has been attached to the film yet.
Palmer, who is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and Hertz Lichtenstein, has been busy with several other recent projects, including headlining the period revenge thriller “Alice.” The Emmy-nominated actress-singer also starred in Jordan Peele’s horror feature “Nope” and voiced a role in Pixar’s upcoming film “Lightyear.” She also launched her KekeTV network on Youtube and recently welcomed her first child, Leodonis.
Up next she is set to star in Super Toys as well as the stripper/FBI film, Moxie.
Fans of the actress are eagerly anticipating the release of “The Backup,” which promises to be a hilarious and heartwarming comedy that showcases Palmer’s range as an actress. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of the upcoming film.