*Kevin Hart is filming a new movie from Screen Gems and Miramax called “The Wedding Ringer” with the help of a nearly $3-million state tax break.
Hart’s character owns a wedding company that helps the groom, played by Josh Gad, find a best man and groomsmen.
Originally set in Chicago, the script was rewritten for Los Angeles after producers won a piece of the annual “lottery” that California uses to allocate film tax breaks.
Screen Gems was approved for a $2.8-million tax credit for the film, according to the California Film Commission, a significant savings for a movie with a budget of less than $20 million.
“I was excited to shoot this film in Southern California,” said Glenn Gainor, who heads physical production for Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems. “From the Westside to Marina del Rey and downtown, L.A. is very romantic and lends itself to a film that is focused on wedding activities.”
This film marks the second partnership between Hart and Screen Gems. The first was the 2012 comedy “Think Like a Man,” based on the Steve Harvey book of the same name.
“We love working with Kevin,” Gainor said. “He’s wonderfully funny.”