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Chris Tucker to Star in Relativity Comedy ‘Second Honeymoon’ (Exclusive)

Phil Joanou ("Gridiron Gang") is directing and rewriting the script by Peter Gaulke and Kevin Heffernan

After a five-year hiatus from the big screen, Chris Tucker eased his way back into Hollywood with a well-received supporting turn in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." Now Tucker is ready to return to leading roles, as he has signed on to star in Relativity Media's comedy "Second Honeymoon."

Phil Joanou ("Gridiron Gang") will direct the movie and rewrite the script by Peter Gaulke and Kevin Heffernan.

Story follows a married couple who return to Antigua on their second honeymoon in an effort to spice things up. However, the legacy they left ten years ago comes back to haunt both of them, and before they know it, the trip is less about trying to reconnect with their younger, wilder selves and more about trying to get off the island alive.

Relativity Media has worldwide rights to finance, produce and distribute the project, which Todd Garner ("Zookeeper") is producing with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker's producing partner Karen Bell. Tucker will serve as an executive producer.

Tucker, who is best known for starring opposite Jackie Chan in Brett Ratner's hit "Rush Hour" trilogy, recently played Bradley Cooper's friend in "Silver Linings Playbook, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards. The motor-mouthed comic's other feature credits include "Friday," "Dead Presidents" and "Money Talks," as well as Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" and Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element." He's repped by WME.

Joanou, who previously directed The Rock in "Gridiron Gang" and the steamy thriller "Final Analysis" with Richard Gere, most recently directed the popular viral short film "The Punisher: Dirty Laundry." He's repped by Paradigm, Todd Smith and Associates and attorney Harold Brown.

Relativity's upcoming releases include the corporate espionage thriller "Paranoia" on Aug. 16,  Scott Cooper’s gritty drama "Out of the Furnace" on Oct. 4, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s daring directorial debut "Don Jon" on Oct. 18 and the animated buddy comedy "Free Birds" on Nov. 1.