Roku Original Comedy “Die Hart 2: Die Harter” Begins Production, John Cena, Ben Schwartz, and Paula Pell Added to Cast; Nathalie Emmanuel to Return for Season 2
Hartbeat produces season 2 of the record-setting Kevin Hart-led series
Eric Appel returns to direct the production, with Tripper Clancy returning as writer
· Today, Roku announced that John Cena, Ben Schwartz, and Paula Pell have joined the cast of the highly anticipated Roku Original comedy series “Die Hart 2: Die Harter.” Emmy award nominee Nathalie Emmanuel will reprise her role from season 1.
· In addition to starring in the series, Kevin Hart also serves as executive producer.
· Eric Appel has returned to direct season 2 of the comedy series, with Tripper Clancy returning to write.
· From Hartbeat, the global, multi-platform media company creating entertainment where comedy meets culture, Hart, Jeff Clanagan, Candice Wilson Cherry, Bryan Smiley, Thai Randolph, Mike Stein, Luke Kelly-Clyne, Kevin Healey, and Ty Walker will serve as executive producers.
· Synopsis: After achieving his dream of becoming a bona fide action hero in DIE HART, Kevin Hart now wants to cement his legacy as the greatest action star of all time. He’s developed a concept for a revolutionary movie where the action is so unscripted and unexpected that even Kevin won’t know what’s coming next. But Kevin’s myopic dream comes with a blind spot, and he soon finds himself the victim of an evil revenge plot, orchestrated by someone from his past. Kevin must enlist the help of his favorite co-star Jordan King (Nathalie Emmanuel, returning for season 2), his over-eager assistant Andre (Ben Schwartz), Andre’s mom Cynthia (Paula Pell), and legendary Hollywood stuntman Mr. 206 (John Cena) if he wants to survive.
The first season of the series, “Die Hart,” premiered on The Roku Channel in May 2021. After a successful debut with a record number of households streaming the series, Roku announced plans to order a second season of the series in June 2021. “Die Hart” was the first Roku Original series that the company renewed.
· “Die Hart” earned three Emmy award nominations in 2021- Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series (Kevin Hart & John Travolta, respectively), and Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series (Nathalie Emmanuel).
· Production for “Die Hart 2: Die Harter” is underway in Atlanta, Ga.