According to Deadline, musician and on-the-rise rapper Jack Harlow will make his acting debut as the star of 20th Century’s upcoming White Men Can’t Jump remake.
His first-ever screen audition was such a “slam dunk” that the filmmakers were immediately won over. The fact that Harlow actually is a pretty competent ball player himself, as evidenced by his recent performance in the NBA’s All-Star Celebrity Game, made the decision to cast him even easier.
Harlow will occupy the role that Woody Harrelson played in the original 1992 comedy. For those unfamiliar with the film, it follows two skilled street basketball players – one black and one white – who take advantage of the stereotype that “white men aren’t good at basketball” by hilariously hustling other street players.
Wesley Snipes co-starred in the original with Harrelson. The studio is currently trying to find an actor to step into his shoes as the project has been seemingly fast-tracked.
Charles Kidd II a.k.a Calmatic, who also helmed HBO Max’s upcoming House Party reboot, will direct this film from a script by Black-ish writers Kenya Barris and Doug Hall. Basketball player Blake Griffin, former NFL player Ryan Kalil, and Noah Weinstein will executive producing under their Mortal Media banner.