March 9, 2009 / 2:53 AM / 10 years ago

Morgan, Lawrence join Chris Rock for "Funeral"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence are joining Chris Rock in a remake of the ensemble comedy “Death at a Funeral.”

Host Tracy Morgan addresses the crowd during the 2008 VH1 Hip Hop Honors show in New York, October 2, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Also joining the cast are Loretta Devine, Ron Glass, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana and Columbus Short.

Neil LaBute is directing the Screen Games release in which a funeral turns into a debacle of misplaced cadavers and family secrets. When things can’t get any worse, a man arrives saying he’s the dead man’s gay lover and threatens blackmail.

The original 2007 film was directed by Frank Oz and set in Britain.

For Morgan the deal marks a continued push into movies and building on the work he does in “30 Rock”; the actor recently signed on to star opposite Bruce Willis in the buddy action-comedy “A Couple of Cops,” which Kevin Smith just signed on to direct. Lawrence last appeared in “College Road Trip.”

Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters

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