Dwyane Wade has his impending television series, his semi-autobiographic look at basketball life as a single father. Now, Miami Heat teammate LeBron James has trumped him, with a move to the big screen. James confirmed before Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center that he will co star with Kevin Hart in a Universal and Imagine Entertainment in a feature-film comedy titled Ballers. The project will be co-written by Hart, who will play "the brother of an NBA superstar who gets a chance to prove himself when he and some friends attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp." James said the project with Hart came together, "through our friendship, mutual respect. "It should be really good." James' manager Maverick Carter will serve as an executive producer along with Hart and James. The movie is expected to be shot this summer in Miami, perhaps another sign that James will remain with the Heat, with an opt-out to become a free agent in July. James said basketball remains the current focus. "Obviously, it's not what I'm thinking about in the forefront, right now," he said of the movie." The project is similar to plans for a previously scrapped James feature-film project in 2009, Fantasy Basketball Camp, which was to feature James, then with the Cleveland Cavaliers, working with five fantasy campers in Las Vegas. "It's something I can relate to," he said of the plot. "I think the project is going to be great." That project ultimately turned into Ballers, with James in the intervening years turning his focus to his free-agent move to the Heat and three successive appearances in the NBA Finals, winning championships the past two seasons alongside Wade and Chris Bosh. The James-Hart pairing will be unique from a height perspective, with James at 6 feet 8 and Hart at 5-3, drawing comparisons to the Danny DeVito- Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Twins.
LeBron James to star in movie with Kevin Hart
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Dec 6