’21 Jump Street’s’ Justin Hires Lands Lead on CBS’s ‘Rush Hour’ Pilot

The actor and writer steps into the role made famous by Chris Tucker in the 1998 movie


CBS and Warner Bros. Television has found the other half of its dual leads for their “Rush Hour” adaptation.

Justin Hires will play Carter, the role made famous by Chris Tucker in the original 1998 movie.

Carter is described as an irreverent and wildly confident bad-boy detective with the LAPD. He’s a maverick who uses unorthodox methods to get things done, often causing the top brass to look the other way.

Based on the New Line Cinema feature film starring Tucker and Jackie Chan, the pilot follows a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (Jon Foo), who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer (Hires) who has no interest in a partner.

Hires has appeared in the films “Stomp the Yard,” “21 Jump Street,” and “10 Cent Pistol.” His television credits include Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” and MTV’s “Jerks With Cameras.”

In addition to Foo, Hires joins previously announced cast members Aimee Garcia and Jessika Van.

“Scrubs” and “Cougar Town” creator Bill Lawrence is set to write alongside “Mad Men” producer Blake McCormick. The two also serve as executive producers on the pilot — alongside Brett Ratner, Jeff Ingold and Arthur Sarkissian — which is being produced by Doozer Productions in association with WB TV.

David Shapira & Associates and Marsh Entertainment represent Hires.