Today, Roku announced that John Cena, Ben Schwartz, and Paula Pell have joined the cast of the highly anticipated Roku Original comedy series “Die Hart 2: Die Harter.” Emmy award nominee Nathalie Emmanuel will reprise her role from season 1.
From Hartbeat, the global, multi-platform media company creating entertainment where comedy meets culture, Hart, Jeff Clanagan, Candice Wilson Cherry, Bryan Smiley, Thai Randolph, Mike Stein, Luke Kelly-Clyne, Kevin Healey, and Ty Walker will serve as executive producers.
After achieving his dream of becoming a bona fide action hero in DIE HART, Kevin Hart now wants to cement his legacy as the greatest action star of all time. He’s developed a concept for a revolutionary movie where the action is so unscripted and unexpected that even Kevin won’t know what’s coming next. But Kevin’s myopic dream comes with a blind spot, and he soon finds himself the victim of an evil revenge plot, orchestrated by someone from his past. Kevin must enlist the help of his favorite co-star Jordan King (Nathalie Emmanuel, returning for season 2), his over-eager assistant Andre (Ben Schwartz), Andre’s mom Cynthia (Paula Pell), and legendary Hollywood stuntman Mr. 206 (John Cena) if he wants to survive.
The first season of the series, “Die Hart,” premiered on The Roku Channel in May 2021. After a successful debut with a record number of households streaming the series, Roku announced plans to order a second season of the series in June 2021. “Die Hart” was the first Roku Original series that the company renewed.
“Die Hart” earned three Emmy® award nominations in 2021- Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series (Kevin Hart & John Travolta, respectively), and Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series (Nathalie Emmanuel).
Production for “Die Hart 2: Die Harter” is underway in Atlanta, Ga.
Colin Davis, Head of Scripted Originals, The Roku Channel: “The next installment of DIE HART certainly deserves the added -ER. This franchise has leveled up with the return of Nathalie Emmanuel and Kevin Hart and the addition of Paula Pell, Ben Schwartz, and John Cena. The set has been filled with non-stop laughter from this concoction of comedy talent, and it’s just the latest example of our incredible creative relationship and growing partnership with Hartbeat.”
Eric Appel, Director, “Die Hart 2: Die Harter”: “I’m so happy to be back in Atlanta working with Kevin, Nathalie and our incredible new cast members. The scope of this second season feels a lot bigger – it’s funnier, it’s more action packed, and our fictional version of Kevin Hart is 100 times more petty and selfish in his ongoing quest to become an ‘authentic’ action hero.”
Executive Producer and Hartbeat’s Chief Content Officer Bryan Smiley: “Hartbeat is excited to expand on the hilarious, action-packed world our cast and creative team have established. The feedback we’ve received from fans who continue to discover and binge the series has been incredible and is a testament to The Roku Channel’s incredible audience reach. We’re looking forward to bringing fans even more laughter in this second installment.”