Lance Reddick (John Wick franchise), Teyana Taylor (Coming 2 America) and Laura Harrier (Hollywood) have been cast in 20th Century’s reboot of “White Men Can’t Jump.” The three will star alongside previously announced cast members Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls.
“White Men Can’t Jump” is a new take on Ron Shelton’s comedy from 1992. The film follows two street basketball hustlers who at first try to hustle each other, then team up for a bigger score. The original movie starred Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Rosie Perez.
The plot for the new film follows Kamal Allen, who was supposed to follow in the footsteps of his NBA legend father. instead, his anger got the best of him and changed his career for the worse. Now, he’s stuck playing pick-up games and driving a delivery truck to support his family. He has to push himself, but his temper and outbursts make him frustrated. A hipster white guy, Jeremy, challenges him to a shootout; Kamal judges Jeremy as a fool, but he quickly finds a friend who’s also missed out on a dream. They team up to see if they have what it takes to make their basketball dreams come true.
According to Deadline, Harlow is stepping into the role originated by Harrelson, with Walls taking on Snipes’, and Reddick 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. Details with regard to the characters that Taylor and Harrier are playing have not been disclosed.
Charles Kidd II, known professionally as Calmatic is directing the project from a script penned by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Doug Hall.
Barris and his Khalabo Ink Society banner are producing. Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil and Noah Weinstein are executive producing through their Mortal Media banner. Hall and E. Brian Dobbins will also exec produce.
“White Men Can’t Jump” begins filming in Los Angeles starting on May 9th, 2022.
Reddick is perhaps best known for roles in the John Wick franchise and on Amazon’s Bosch.
Taylor’s credits include Coming 2 America, The Trap, The After Party, Honey: Rise Up and Dance, Madea’s Big Happy Family and Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming.
Harrier’s previous credits include The Starling, BlacKkKlansman, Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Last Five Years.