Miami Heat basketball superstar Lebron James is prepping to co-star alongside the hilarious Kevin Hart in Ballers, an upcoming sports comedy from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, according to Deadline, via ComingSoon. Hart, alongside Harry Ratchford, Chris Spencer, and Joel Wells, will be rewriting the screenplay for the film.
Production will begin in the summer of 2014 during the NBA's offseason, when James will have plenty of time to film scenes. Producing Ballers will be Michael Rosenberg and Brian Grazer.
James, a four-time NBA MVP and two-time champion, will play a fictionalized NBA star, as well as the older brother of Hart's character. The plot summary so far for the film goes as follows:
Five guys attending the Lebron James Adult Basketball Camp in Las Vegas manage to involve the superstar in their myriad life issues. (ComingSoon)
This film will obviously have plenty of comedic scenes that most people will enjoy (or at least those who truly enjoy Kevin Hart's comedy style). Anyone that has seen a movie in which Hart has been a part of knows what he brings to the table, if you will. On the other hand, the film may also contain a bit of drama as well, which is something that James will have to be able to portray convincingly. This could be a nice cinematic debut for the basketball star, who will surely get a large portion of the screen time. Because the movie will revolve mostly around him, he will need to bring his "A" game, although I am positive that most people will forgive him if he makes a few errors (or turnovers, if you basketball fans prefer). But rest assured that James always brings MVP-level dedication and hard work to whatever he does, so I am also positive that he will play his role just fine.
Also, wouldn't it be interesting to see Kevin Hart (who is barely 5'3") trying to post up Lebron James (who towers over Hart at 6'8")? Or what about Hart trying to shoot over James? For some reason, I am envisioning James posterizing Hart in the film with one of his patented two-handed, rim-rattling dunks, kind of like this one:
Or James could save himself a few scratches by just jumping over Hart, and then dunking (wouldn't that be more insulting?). Like this:
Whatever the case, James and Hart together could make for a really good movie.
Any of you agree/disagree with me on how Lebron James and Kevin Hart will do in "Ballers?" Any of you even interested in giving this film a chance? Let me know what you all think in the comments section below.