OK, so the "Space Jam" sequel isn't actually in the cards, but we are going to see LeBron James on the silver screen in something in the near future — the slated-for-2015-release comedy "Trainwreck," according to Mike Fleming Jr. of Deadline:
That’s the Universal comedy that Judd Apatow will direct and also just also got Cliff (Method Man) Smith. Script is by the film’s star, rising comedienne Amy Schumer. James joins her, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, John Cena and Mike Birbiglia.
This comes after Universal bought a pic about the formative years of James and his high school teammates that will be scripted by Frank E. Flowers, with Rachel Winter and Terence Winter producing with James and his manager, Maverick Carter. As if that wasn’t enough, James, who just moved from CAA to WME, had been expected to make his feature starring debut opposite Kevin Hart in the Universal/Imagine Entertainment film Ballers.
Prior to this recent apparently-agency-switch-sparked move into movie projects, James' focus had been on producing. He and business partner Maverick Carter are developing a sitcom loosely based on their lives for the cable network Starz called "Survivor's Remorse," which is expected to debut this fall.
We don't know just yet what "Trainwreck" will be about — virtually every write-up on the casting of the film notes that the plot summary is being kept under wraps — but comedian Schumer, the creator and star of the Comedy Central series "Inside Amy Schumer," recently gave at least a bit of background info to Elle magazine (hat-tip to The A.V. Club:
It’s about me. We start filming it in two weeks. Bill Hader plays my love interest, it’s an R-rated comedy for sure, and it’s you know, going to be like my show, or my stand up. I work at a men’s magazine and I’m just at that crossroads of no being a kid anymore. My behavior isn’t that cute anymore, it’s kind of catching up with me.
I wouldn't bet on the Miami Heat megastar playing a copy editor at that men's magazine, but I'm kind of holding out hope for it.
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