Kevin Hart will play Gary Coleman’s character from Diff’rent Strokes in an upcoming special

Kevin Hart will portray Arnold Jackson in an upcoming ABC TV special that will recreate various episodes of the classic sitcom Diff’rent Strokes and its spinoff The Facts of Life.

The 42-year-old performer will appear in an upcoming episode of Live in Front of a Studio Audience, which was originally created by Jimmy Kimmel.

The actor’s role was previously filled by Gary Coleman, who became widely known for his slogan: ‘What are you talking about, Willis?’

Kevin Hart will play Gary Coleman’s character from Diff’rent Strokes in an upcoming special

New project: Kevin Hart will portray Arnold Jackson in an upcoming ABC TV special that will recreate various episodes of the classic sitcom Diff’rent Strokes and its spinoff The Facts of Life; he is seen Thursday night

The thesis will also feature appearances from several characters from the entertainment industry, and John Lithgow is currently to portray Mr. Drummond, which was originally played by Conrad Bain.

Ann Dowd and Damon Wayans have signed on to play Mrs. Garrett and Willis in the upcoming production.

The actors for the part of the thesis that focuses on The Facts of Life are currently being brought together.

Several people from the entertainment industry, including Kerry Washington, Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux, will serve as the project’s producers.

Featured: The role of the actor was previously occupied by Gary Coleman, who became widely known for his work on the groundbreaking TV series

Featured: The role of the actor was previously occupied by Gary Coleman, who became widely known for his work on the groundbreaking TV series

Harts casting created a minor controversy, and a Twitter user expressed their concerns about his upcoming portrayal of Coleman’s character.

‘Why would you hire @ kevinhart4real to play a kid when you might have given a real kid a chance to do something historic? “42-year-old man playing with a child … what a pile of rubbish,” they wrote.

Norman Lear, 99, made a statement about the thesis and noted via The Hollywood Reporter that he was happy to have the programs remade for modern audiences.

“Other than with my family, there’s no place I would rather be in my 100th year than on a soundstage at Sony with these glorious actors reliving what our company had been producing all those years ago,” he said.

Not happy: Harts casting created a minor controversy, and a Twitter user expressed their concerns about his upcoming portrayal of Coleman's character

Not happy: Harts casting created a minor controversy, and a Twitter user expressed their concerns about his upcoming portrayal of Coleman’s character

Ecstatic: Lear, 99, made a statement about the thesis and noted via The Hollywood Reporter that he was happy to have the programs made for modern audiences

Ecstatic: Lear, 99, made a statement about the thesis and noted via The Hollywood Reporter that he was happy to have the programs made for modern audiences

ABC Entertainment President Craig Erwich expressed his excitement over the upcoming special with his own statement, which was released Thursday.

“Jimmy and Norman have surpassed themselves with a spectacular, disrespectful and funny cast to once again create a TV event that is not to be missed,” he said.

Sony Pictures Television Studios president Jeff Frost and co-president Jason Clodfelter also issued a joint statement emphasizing the producer’s legacy and influence in the entertainment industry.

“As Norman Lear approaches his 100th birthday, what better way to celebrate him than to bring these classic shows back,” they said.

High praise: Sony Pictures Television Studios President Jeff Frost and Co-President Jason Clodfelter also issued a joint statement emphasizing the producer's legacy and influence in the entertainment industry

High praise: Sony Pictures Television Studios President Jeff Frost and Co-President Jason Clodfelter also issued a joint statement emphasizing the producer’s legacy and influence in the entertainment industry

The shows that have been reproduced during Live in Front of a Studio Audience include All In The Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times.

The episodes all featured performances from ensemble ensembles, and performers such as Woody Harrelson, Viola Davis and Kevin Bacon have previously featured in the specials.

The episodes and their producers were nominated for numerous awards following their releases in 2019, with Lear, Kimmel and others winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) at the 2019 and 2020 ceremonies.

The upcoming third episode of Live in Front of a Studio Audience is currently set to air on December 7th.

Not Far Away: The upcoming third episode of Live in Front of a Studio Audience is currently set to air on December 7th

Not Far Away: The upcoming third episode of Live in Front of a Studio Audience is currently set to air on December 7th

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