The reboot will tell a different story than the 1992 cult classic of the same name that starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, which 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. Rapper Jack Harlow steps into the role Harrelson originated, while Sinqua Walls steps into Snipes’ role.
Also set to appear in the film is Lance Reddick (John Wick), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Tamera Kissen (House Party), and Teyana Taylor (Coming 2 America). Reddick is playing Benji Allen, the father of Walls’ character Kamal. Benji is living with MS and has been Kamal’s coach and support system since a very young age. Bullock will play Renzo, one of Kamal’s (Walls) best friends since high school. Sarcastic and a bit of a goofy guy, he is the tallest player on the court who hates being forced to get rebounds but will step up his game if it means supporting the team. Staples’ character is being kept under wraps at this time.
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 be executive producing under their Mortal Media banner. Production on the reboot is currently underway in Los Angeles.