STXfilms today announced Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8) and Ike Barinholtz (Blockers, The Oath) are attached to produce and star in the studio’s upcoming crime caper comedy, Crime After Crime.
Crime After Crime follows a millennial podcast host who agrees to help the convict she’s devoted her true-crime podcast to prove his innocence after he escapes jail and turns up at her house.
Dan Gurewitch and David Young are writing the screenplay, with Nick Stoller and Conor Welch producing under their Stoller Global Solutions banner alongside Awkwafina, Barinholtz and David Stassen. STX’s Kate Vorhoff and Catherine Hagedorn will oversee the film’s production on behalf of the studio.
“Awkwafina and Ike are comedy powerhouses who make a supremely funny duo, and we can’t wait to see what they bring to this sharp and fun material,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms.
Added Welch: “Nick and I are huge fans of Awkwafina. Ike, not so much. But he was already attached.”
Awkwafina will next be seen in the Sundance breakout film The Farewell, which was acquired by A24 and will be released in July. Later this year, she will also star in the sequel to Jumanji and additionally has co-created a show for Comedy Central that she will star in expected early next year.
Barinholtz was last seen opposite Tiffany Haddish in The Oath, which also marked his feature directorial debut, as well as the 2018 hit comedy Blockers. He next appears in Amazon’s Late Night and the Jordan Peele-hosted anthology series, The Twilight Zone.