Ron Shelton’s 1992 sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump helped jumpstart movie icon Woody Harrelson’s on-screen career. Now, 30 years later, a reboot of the film looks to do the same for another talented performer. As first reported by Deadline, Grammy-nominated rapper Jack Harlow will star in a remake of the film in the works for 20th Century Studios.
Per the initial report, Harlow got the part following a stellar first-ever audition. Calmatic will direct the future with black-ish creator Kenya Barris and BlackAF writer Doug Hall penning the screenplay in addition to executive producing. NBA star Blake Griffin will also serve as an executive producer alongside NFL player Ryan Kalil and Noah Weinstein (21 Jump Street). 20th Century Studios will produce and distribute the film with the search for Harlow’s co-star currently underway.
Starring Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, and Rosie Perez, 1992’s White Men Can’t Jump follows two basketball hustlers who join forces to double their chances of winning money in a basketball tournament. The film grossed $90.8 million at the worldwide box office and currently holds a rating of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jack Harlow is signed to Don Cannon and DJ Drama’s record label Generation Now, an imprint of Atlantic Records. His first made a mainstream breakthrough with the release of his single, “What’s Poppin”, which reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Most recently, Harlow released a collaboration with Lil Nas X titled “Industry Baby”, which reached number one on the Hot 100. Additionally, the performer appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live as the musical guest and featured player in a skit alongside Pete Davidson and Chris Redd.
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