LOS ANGELES - Production has begun in Atlanta, Georgia, on New Line Cinema's comedy "Fist Fight," starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way.
The film is directed by Richie Keen ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"). On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
"Fist Fight" also stars Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock"), Jillian Bell ("22 Jump Street"), Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad"), Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men"), Dennis Haysbert ("The Unit"), and JoAnna Garcia Swisher ("The Astronaut Wives Club"). The screenplay is written by Evan Susser & Van Robichaux (Funny or Die's "What's Going On? With Mike Mitchell").
"Fist Fight" is produced by Shawn Levy, Max Greenfield, and John Rickard. Serving as executive producers are Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Dan Cohen, Billy Rosenberg, and Marty Ewing. Keen's behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Eric Edwards ("Knocked Up"), production designer Chris Cornwell ("Ride Along," "The Wedding Ringer"), editor Matthew Freund (Comedy Central's "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail") and costume designer Denise Wingate ("Wedding Crashers").
Principal photography will be take place primarily in and around Atlanta. A New Line Cinema presentation, "Fist Fight" will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.