Iko Uwais, Dave Bautista, and Kumail Nanjiani are not three actors I automatically associate. Sure, I could see Uwais and Bautista team up for a low-down DTV actioner. By the same token, I can imagine Bautista and Nanjiani in a mismatched buddy actioner. But it looks like all three are about to team up for an action comedy called Stuber.
Deadline reports that Iko Uwais has joined 20th Century Fox’s Stuber, which already stars Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani, though that’s all news to me. A human person named Tipper Clancy wrote the script, while Michael Dowse will direct. Dowse is probably best known for helming Goon, but he’ll always have a special place in my heart for Fubar, which gave us all-timer lines like, “Turn down the suck, turn up the good,” and, “I suggest you take up another sport, like knitting.”
Stuber follows a hard-nosed detective (Bautista), who commandeers an Uber, driven by Nanjiani. The action unfolds over a single night, and it presumably involves them tracking down a villain of some sort. All in all, it sounds like a more comedic Collateral.
There aren’t any details on Uwais’ character, but if I had to guess, I suspect the Raid and Headshot star plays the villain, or at least one of the villain’s primary henchmen. As long as he has ample opportunity to pummel dudes about the head and neck, I’m cool with whatever role he has.
I just hope they don’t try to make him too funny, that’s…not his strong suit. And between Nanjiani, Bautista, Dowse, and producers John Frances Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (the duo who penned Spider-Man: Homecoming and are directing Flashpoint, or whatever DC’s Flash movie winds up being called), the comedy should be in solid hands.
That’s all there is to know about Stuber for the moment, but that’s certainly more than enough to keep me interested for a good long while.