Kevin Hart may have made his career starring in comedies where there is plenty of screaming and shouting, but it looks like he is shifting gears to something more dramatic and heartfelt. Netflix has released the first trailer for “Fatherhood,” where Hart plays a recently widowed, now turned single father who chooses to push past his grief to move forward to make a stable life for his daughter Maddy.
Sure, there have been plenty of comedians trying to show off their dramatic side, but Hart’s efforts seem to be more genuine and sincere. Though he does have friends and family to lean on, they don’t provide that much support. As such, Hart’s character must take care of his family, as a single father, on his own.
But the film will also make use of Hart’s comedic talents, but it won’t be as over-the-top as some of his previous efforts. This is great cause we will get to see his range as a dramatic actor and see him use his comedy differently.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Fatherhood.”
Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz’s pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world. Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward to make a life for Maddy.
“Fatherhood” also has a solid supporting cast consisting of Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, and Paul Reiser. Based on a true story, the film is based on is Matthew Logelin’s memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love” – a line that is alluded to in the trailer.
“Fatherhood” is directed by Paul Weitz, who co-wrote the script with Dana Stevens.
Netflix drops “Fatherhood” on June 18, 2021, which also happens to be Father’s Day.