Lance Riddick, Teyana Taylor, and Laura Harrier are the latest to join the cast of the White Men Can’t Jump remake for 20th Century Studios. They will star opposite previously announced leads Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls who will take on the roles originated by Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson. This movie will be Harlow’s acting debut.
Calmatic, who recently directed the House Party reboot has been tapped to direct White Men Can’t Jump remake.
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Kenya Barris and Doug Hall co-wrote the new script which is offering a new take on the 1992 original. Directed by Ron Shelton it centered on two street basketball hustlers (Snipes and Harrelson) who at first try to hustle each other, then team up for a bigger score around LA. The film which just celebrated its 30th anniversary at the 94th Academy Awards also starred Rosie Perez.
Riddick 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. Details with regard to the characters that Taylor and Harrier are playing have not been disclosed.
Ron Shelton directed the 1992 film that took in over $90 million at the box office and helped launch Harrelson’s movie career (he was transitioning from the TV show Cheers) and it continued the growth of Snipes’ movie career.
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Barris and Hall and is producing via his Khalabo Ink Society banner. Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil and Noah Weinstein are exec producing through their Mortal Media banner, alongside Doug Hall and E. Brian Dobbins.
Production is set to start soon.