Warner Bros. has finally released the first trailer to the comedy reboot of the classic 1977-1983 television series CHiPs. The original drama series, starring the suave Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox as California Highway Patrol officers Ponch and Jon, didn’t have the comedy you’re going to see in this reboot. No, this is an all-out, Rated R, Deadpool-level humor comedy. Think the movie remake of 21 Jump Street and you’ll get the vibe.
And it’s so, so wrong.
But it also looks like it could be pretty funny, if you’re not bothered by wall-to-wall crotch jokes. The big win is Ant-Man’s Michael Peña as an undercover FBI agent pretending to be Ponch. Hollywood is finally recognizing Peña as a charismatic rising star. Comedic actor Dax Shepard is Jon, and real-life wife Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) also plays his wife in CHiPs. The couple is most recognizable these days from their long-running series of Samsung appliance commercials. Shepard wrote and directed the movie.
The film is peppered with actors you might find in serious police procedurals, which should lend something weighty to the humor. They include Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (Law & Order, The Wire), Vincent D’Onofrio (Emerald City, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Men in Black), Richard T. Jones (Judging Amy, Godzilla, Super 8, Hot Pursuit), Wilmer Valderrama (Awake, That ’70s Show), and Jane Kaczmarek (St. Elsewhere, Law & Order).
Check out this first trailer for Dax Shepard’s CHiPs:
Other familiar actors in CHiPs include Justin Chatwin (Doctor Who, War of the Worlds), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), and Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live).
Look for CHiPs in theaters March 24, 2017.