Often in the era of the 24-hour news cycle, stories occasionally fall through the cracks. No one’s ever sure how it happens, it just does. Everyone one is human and makes mistakes. Unless you’re a cyborg. Then you’re probably infallible. All this is to say that a news article today brought to our attention a little film in the works called My Spy. A comedy where David Bautista (as far as we know, not a cyborg) is the lead.
What makes My Spy so interesting? We’re glad you asked. Going off the bare plot description, it sounds like a movie whose script has been sitting on the shelf for about 10-15 years. We’ll let you decide:
“Bautista plays a hardened CIA operative who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family”
If that’s not triggering alarms, you live a life that most would want. For everyone else, this probably reads like someone threw The Spy Next Door, The Pascifier and The Game Plan in a blender. Most likely sprinkled with a garnish of The Chaperone.
The news part of this is that the cast added a couple interesting names today. Ken Jeong is the most noticeable of the three, mostly because his involvement gives an indication as to the tone of the film. Also along for the ride is Parisa Fitz-Henley, one of the leads of NBC’s upcoming Midnight, Texas. The part of the 9-year-old goes to Chloe Coleman from Big Little Lies.
Since the film is currently in production we don’t have an indication of what the full story will be. Nor is there a clear sense if this is going to be a darker comedy, or blend in with the titles listed above. Outside of the Jeong casting. Until you see who the director is…Peter Segal. The guy behind such immortal classics as Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps, 50 First Dates and Get Smart. Needless to say, this will be a rather lite and broad film. It’ll do well at the box office.
With Bautista a part of this film though, it stands to be something most of us here will see. Even if just out of morbid curiosity. So rare is it for wrestlers with an innate sense of charisma and brawn come along that makes the transition to Hollywood and wins over audiences effortlessly. He and Dwayne Johnson essentially corner the market. Something no one is going to complain about. No release date has been given for My Spy (guess is sometime next year), but you can rest assured we will bring you all kinds of updates on this one, once they surface.