ICE CUBE (22 Jump Street, Barbershop) and KEVIN HART (Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer) lead the returning lineup of Ride Along 2, the sequel to the blockbuster action-comedy that gave us the year’s most popular comedy duo.
In Ride Along, fast-talking security guard Ben Barber (Hart), newly accepted into the academy, joined James Payton (Cube)—a quick-tempered Atlanta Police Department detective—to patrol the streets of Atlanta. In an attempt to prove that he was more than just a video-game junkie, Ben tried to show his future brother-in-law that he deserved to marry James’ sister, Angela (TIKA SUMPTER of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, Get on Up). While on what was supposed to be a typical ride along, Ben became entangled in the detective’s latest case…and experienced the most insane 24 hours of his life.
Not only did their wild night lead them to the most notorious criminal in Atlanta, Ben played a key role in bringing down the crime lord…and made it that much more difficult for James not to give him his blessing to marry Angela.
James (ICE CUBE) is over Ben’s (KEVIN HART) foolishness in Ride Along 2. The sequel picks up about a year after our heroes’ last adventure. Plans for a quick trip to Miami go awry when their unorthodox policing gets them into a compromising situation that threatens to derail a major case…and Ben and Angela’s upcoming wedding day.
Not content to work as a beat cop, Ben, a recent academy graduate, now aspires to be a detective like his soon-to-be brother-in-law. However, James still doesn’t think that he has what it takes for the job. With the wedding approaching, the accident-prone rookie is laser-focused on planning but wants to join his mentor on what should be a routine trip from Atlanta to Miami. At Angela’s request—and Lt. Brooks’ (BRUCE MCGILL of Lincoln, Law Abiding Citizen) begrudging permission—James reluctantly takes Ben with him to Miami to follow up on a lead connected to a drug-ring case he’s been trying to crack.
Upon their arrival, they run afoul of Maya (OLIVIA MUNN of HBO’s The Newsroom, X-Men: Apocalypse), a crack-wise homicide detective with a no-b.s. exterior and sense of humor even drier than James. She has no problem going toe-to-toe with the guys, and lets them know that Miami is her turf.
The case also brings them to AJ (KEN JEONG of The Hangover series, Pain & Gain), a shady, cocky computer hacker who fancies himself a ladies’ man. AJ reluctantly becomes a third wheel for James and Ben when he reveals evidence that implicates a wellrespected local businessman in a series of felonies.
Enter the incredibly wealthy Antonio Pope (BENJAMIN BRATT of Miss Congeniality, TV’s Law & Order), a charismatic executive who harbors a vicious streak and rules South Florida’s drug trade. If Ben and James can convince the authorities that the philanthropist is a brutal crime lord capable of unimaginable violence, they’ll stop his spree. If they fail, they’ll not only unleash every weapon in Antonio’s arsenal…they’ll have to explain to Angela why the wedding is missing both the groom and the best man.
TIM STORY (Barbershop, Think Like a Man series) returns to the series to direct the action-comedy that is written by PHIL HAY (Clash of the Titans) & MATT MANFREDI (Clash of the Titans), based on characters created by GREG COOLIDGE (Employee of the Month). WILL PACKER (Think Like a Man series, Ride Along) produces the sequel along with Ice Cube, MATT ALVAREZ (Straight Outta Compton, Ride Along) and LARRY BREZNER (Ride Along, Good Morning, Vietnam).
The behind-the-scenes team is led by a talented group of frequent Tim Story collaborators and those new to his crew. They include director of photography MITCHELL AMUNDSEN (Horrible Bosses 2, Mission: Impossible III), production designer CHRIS CORNWELL (Think Like a Man series, Ride Along), editor PETER S. ELLIOT (Think Like a Man series, Iron Man 3), costume designer OLIVIA MILES (Entourage, Plush) and composer CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ (Ride Along, The Boss).
Ride Along 2 is executive produced by NICOLAS STERN (Creed), RON MUHAMMAD (Straight Outta Compton), SCOTT BERNSTEIN (Straight Outta Compton), CHRIS BENDER (The Hangover) and JC SPINK (We’re the Millers).