Posted by | Cyrena Rose

RC first reported that Kevin Hart was to co-star with Ice Cube in Ride Along

a second grade teacher who is ready to get married, but first he must survive a Training Day-like ride along experience with her tough cop brother, who doesn’t want the marriage to happen and tries to scare off the suitor.”

S&A now reports the “race play” is officially gone, with the suitor now a black man.  And also of note, he’s no longer a second grade teacher, but instead has become a high school security guard.

News has now surfaced that Tika Sumpter, Jay Pharoah, John Leguizamo and Bryan Callen have joined the cast as well.

Sumpter will play Hart’s fiancee; Callen will play a wily, undercover cop alongside John Leguizamo; and Pharoah will play a street-smart informant.

Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay have taken over writing duties, and are said to be currently working on a rewrite of the script, after several previous rewrites.

It’s just been announced that the Universal Pictures’ action comedy will open in theaters on January 17, 2014 – the MLK holiday weekend that year.