There's an 'Upside' to this news

By Nick Romano
August 02, 2017 at 03:25 PM EDT
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The American remake of The Intouchables, the 2011 Golden Globe-nominated film from France, is getting another tweak to its title. Once referred to by costar Kevin Hart as The Untouchables, the film will now be called The Upside, as announced Wednesday by The Weinstein Company.

While the original featured François Cluzet and Omar Sy, The Upside stars Hart as Dell Scott, an ex-con who becomes the caregiver to Bryan Cranston’s Phillip Lacasse, a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident. The film chronicles the unlikely friendship that forms between them.

“The film is about two people giving life a second chance and learning to connect through small acts of respect and compassion,” director Neil Burger said in a statement. “We’re all very proud of the movie and especially the performances of these two brilliant actors who have amazing chemistry together. The whole team behind the film is incredibly eager for audiences to experience this very funny, heartfelt story.”

Also starring Nicole Kidman, Genevieve Angelson, and Aja Naomi King, The Upside was filmed earlier this year in New York and Philadelphia. Ahead of its theatrical debut on March 9, 2018, The Weinstein Co. will premiere the work at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of its Gala Presentations.

“I am so excited to play this character,” Hart wrote on Instagram during production. “He is a character that is in the prison of his own making. He feels that the system is not only holding him back but that it refuses to give him a fair shot. Learning to care for others and other people’s needs is what ultimately changes him.”

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