Kevin James To Replace Simon Pegg In Action Thriller Becky
According to Deadline, Emmy Award-nominated comedic actor Kevin James (The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop) has been tapped to replace Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) in the forthcoming action thriller titled Becky. Pegg has decided to leave the project due to conflict with the scheduling.
James, who is known for his many comedic roles, has signed on to take on a new kind of role which is far different from his previous projects. He is set to portray the role of Dominick, who will be the film’s main antagonist. The film will also be led by Lulu Wilson (Annabelle: Creation) will be playing the titular character.
Becky follows the story of a rebellious 14-year-old Becky (Wilson) as she’s brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father in an effort to try to reconnect after her mother’s death. The trip takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (James), suddenly invade the lake house. Becky, not daddy’s little girl anymore, decides to take matters into her own hands.
The film will be co-directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion (Bushwick) from a script written by Nick Morris along with Ruckus and Lane Skye. It will be produced by Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman, and Russ Posternak through their Yale Productions banner along with Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz of BoulderLight.