LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has signed on as the voice of iconic 1960’s civil rights activist Malcolm X in an upcoming Pixar movie based on the 1992 film by director Spike Lee, Mr. Hart’s publicist told TMZ today.
Titled The Trials and Tribulations of Malcolm Little, the animated comedy is set in the sixties and tells the story of a young Malcolm X as he struggles for acceptance in a predominately white middle class society. In contrast to Spike Lee’s 1992 documentary style drama, Pixar’s remake puts a comedic family friendly spin on the civil rights movement.
With an all-star cast consisting of some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jerry Seinfeld, who voices the notorious ‘FBI Agent #2’ and Wanda Sykes as Malcolm X’s loyal wife Dr. Betty Shabazz, The Trials and Tribulations of Malcolm Little is expected to become one of the most successful animated films of 2016.
“By taking what many would consider a low a point in American history and turning it into something that’s not only bright and funny, but also educational, Pixar has really revolutionized animated films,” said Edmond Warrick, a film critic with The Hollywood Reporter. “This opens the door for a host of interesting plot lines, especially in a time where we’re seeing so many regurgitated ideas. Imagine animated family friendly films depicting the events that led up to the insurgency in Iraq or even the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.”
The Trials and Tribulations of Malcolm Little is tentatively set to appear in theaters nationwide February 5th. The film has received an MPAA rating of PG due to some minor violence and suggestive themes.