EXCLUSIVE: Sony is rounding up more familiar faces to join Kevin James in Sin City for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The sequel to 2009’s hit comedy will see Blart attending a security guard expo in Las Vegas with his daughter, where he’s mocked by casino security until he helps them take on a group of dangerous art thieves. In addition to SNL‘s Molly Shannon, who is in negotiations for a co-starring role, Wizards of Waverly Place‘s David Henrie, who appeared in Grown Ups 2, has been cast as Lane, a charming valet attendant whom Blart’s daughter Maya develops a crush on. Raini Rodriguez is in negotiations to reprise her role as Maya. Eduardo Verastegui (Bella) will play a Vegas hotelier whose hotel becomes a heist target. Nicholas Turturro (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry) has been cast as one of Blart’s security guard rivals. And James’ brother, comedian Gary Valentine (The King of Queens), is set to play a sympathetic fellow security guard. James, Henrie, and Verastegui also co-star together in the upcoming WWII dramedy Little Boy. Andy Fickman is directing Mall Cop 2 from a script by James and Nick Bakay, who wrote the first pic. James, Adam Sandler, and Todd Garner are producers on the Happy Madison production, which films in Las Vegas in April. Henrie is repped by Untitled Entertainment and ICM. Rodriguez is repped by Clear Talent Group and Susan Osser Talent Company. Verastegui is repped by Metanoia Films. Turturro is repped by Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment. Valentine is repped by WME and Legacy Talent and Entertainment.
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