Kevin Hart, whose latest stand-up feature Kevin Hart: Now What? is still in the box office top 10, is in talks to star as Santa Claus in Dashing Through the Snow, a family Christmas comedy in development at Disney. Rob Burnett is writing the latest draft of the project, which is based on an idea by Con Air‘s Scott Rosenberg about a New York City detective whose difficult relationship with his son can only be repaired by Santa.
The news comes a day after Hart’s Ride Along co-star Ice Cube came attached to topline a present-day Oliver Twist movie also in development at Disney. Hamilton director Tommy Kail is in negotiations to helm that one.