'Get Hard' trailer: Kevin Hart prepares Will Ferrell for prison

Kevin Hart prepares Will Ferrell for prison (sort of) in the first trailer for 'Get Hard'

Will Ferrell is going from a mansion to the big house in the first trailer for "Get Hard," and Kevin Hart is helping him prepare for the none-too-pleasant move.

Set for release March 27 from Warner Bros., the R-rated comedy stars Ferrell as James King, a Bernie Madoff-like swindler who's sentenced to 10 years in the slammer for fraud. Hart plays his hardworking car washer, Darnell, whom King ignorantly assumes is an expert on incarceration.

With a month to get his affairs in order, King offers Darnell a pretty penny to whip him into shape before he's shipped to San Quentin, and though he probably knows more about soap suds than shanks, Darnell obliges. If you can't guess what happens next, it includes shouting, pepper spray, mad-dog faces, a makeover for the aforementioned mansion and a simulated prison riot. (Watch the trailer above.)

In addition to Hart and Ferrell, "Get Hard" stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson and rapper-actor Tip "T.I." Harris. The film marks the directorial debut of "Men in Black 3" and "Tropic Thunder" screenwriter Etan Cohen.

The trailer comes as Hart has been in the news lately for reasons both celebratory and contentious. He was named comedy star of the year at the People Magazine Awards on Thursday; Sony emails leaked last week showed executives badmouthing him.

Hart responded to the latter on Instagram, saying he's "able to brush ignorance off of my shoulder and continue to move forward."

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