Jonah Hill is a busy, busy man. The comedian is currently in the midst of shooting “The Sitter,” an R-rated comedy from director David Gordon Green about the misadventures of three kids and their filthy-mouthed babysitter, played by Hill. But there’s much more on the “Superbad” actor’s plate in the near future, starting, thankfully, with “21 Jump Street.”
“That should be shooting early next year,” Hill told MTV News of his planned remake of the 1980s cop series. “It will be my next movie. I won’t do another movie before that movie as of right now.”
Hill’s “21 Jump Street” revival has been in development for more than two years now, but according to the actor and screenwriter, production should be kicking off soon — and in case you were wondering, he still has a role for former “21 Jump Street” star Johnny Depp if the actor wants it.
“Hopefully, he does it. It would be awesome if he did it,” Hill said, before offering a direct message to Depp himself: “Just do it, dude. Don’t be an a–hole. Just be in the movie.”
Hill’s kidding, of course, and while he certainly has his fingers crossed on the Depp front, he also has “some cool, fun stuff planned” whether or not the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star appears in the film. But while the Depp campaign is well-documented, Hill was considerably less vocal about recent rumors of his “Superbad” co-star Emma Stone appearing in the film.
“I can’t say anything to the negative or the positive of that,” he said of Stone’s possible casting, adding: “I think we’ll have some cool casting announcements to make very, very soon.”
Even as Hill puts the wheels in motion on “21 Jump Street,” he has a potential role in Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux’s developing “Zoolander” sequel to look forward to as well. As a longtime “Zoolander” fan who says he can quote every single line from the original film, Hill is understandably flattered that he’s being sought after for the sequel.
“If Ben Stiller wants me to be in ‘Zoolander,’ I just say, ‘Thanks for wanting me to be in the movie,’ ” he said. “I talked with Ben and Justin, and they had an idea of who they wanted me to play, and I kind of riffed on that idea and gave them some other ideas. I’d love to be a part of it whenever they get it together.”
That’s not to say there aren’t some nerves involved in making “Zoolander 2,” and Hill said he doesn’t feel he could ever live up to the evil comedic genius represented by Mugatu, played in the first film by Will Ferrell.
“Mugatu, those are some pretty big shoes to fill that I could never fill,” Hill said. “But I think I read that he’s in [the sequel] as well. Thank God, because I’d beat myself up — I’d never be as funny as Mugatu!”
Between “The Sitter,” “21 Jump Street” and “Zoolander 2,” Hill has no shortage of projects to juggle — but wait, there’s more! He recently wrapped filming on “Moneyball” opposite Brad Pitt, and he’s supplying his voice to a new Fox cartoon series called “Allen Gregory” as well. The animated adventures don’t end there, either, as Hill is developing a computer-animated comedy called “Sausage Party” alongside collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
“It’s a 3-D animated movie,” Hill said of the “Sausage Party” premise. “Imagine if ‘Shrek’ was R-rated, a very hard and aggressive R. It takes place in a supermarket. I don’t know if I’m giving away too much, but that’s something we’re working on. It’s pretty hysterical!”
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