“Next Friday” was the first sequel to the cult hit “Friday”. Unfortunately it lacked the charm of the original and I think that is because they just could not get Chris Tucker back as Smokey. Omar Epps is a funny actor but those are big shoes to fill for anyone. Tucker shot to superstardom after “Friday” so chances are they just could not afford his high price tag.
Cube does what he can with the film but the loss of Smokey is felt from start to finish. There is a third sequel in the works and word is that the character of Smokey has been written in but there is no confirmation as to whether or not Chris Tucker will reprise the role.