In 1992, the American sports comedy White men can’t jump grabbed the public’s attention. Released by 20th Century Fox, the film followed black and white basketball players who joined forces to double their chances of winning more money on the street and eventually in a basketball tournament. White men can’t jump starring Wesley Snipes as Sidney “Syd” Deane, Woody Harrelson as Billy Hoyle, and Rosie Perez as Gloria Clemente.
White men can’t jump was written and directed by Ron Shelton, who at the time was known for his film Taurus Durham (1988), which was based on his own baseball experiences and earned him an Academy Award nomination. The film was a phenomenon, recently celebrating its 30th anniversary at the 94th Academy Awards, where the three lead actors attended.
The film is currently rebooting and is getting a new take on a group of fairly new talent. Here’s what we know so far about the White men can’t jump redo.
White Men Can’t Jump: The Conspiracy
In general, the film will follow the original source material. It has been confirmed that some of the character names will be changed, such as Wesley Snipes’ character Syd Deane is now Kamal Allen† No other character names have been confirmed, nor have any of the more intricate details of the plot. It’s hopeful that more about the film will be revealed once it develops and goes into production.
White Men Can’t Jump: The Cast
The film, while not fully cast, has added some exciting names to the roster. Playing the role once played by Woody Harrelson, Billy Hoyle, will be a newcomer to the acting world, Jack Harlow. Harlow is best known as an American rapper whose music has gone viral on TikTok in recent years. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, the 24-year-old began releasing EPs in 2015 before landing with Don Cameron’s record label and DJ Drama. Generation now in 2018. His hit “What’s Poppin”, released in 2020, earned him a Grammy Award nomination.
Although this is Harlow’s very first feature film, he has always had an affinity for film. The rapper has even said he wants to present his songs as a short film and attributes his inspirations to Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Alfred Hitchcock.
In addition to Harlow, Sinqua Walls will be cast in the role of Kamal Allen. Walls is an American actor best known for his role in American soul (2019-) as Don Cornelius. The show is a BET drama based on Cornelius’ long-running television dance show Soul Train† The Louisiana native has also been featured in shows like Lincoln Heights (2007-2009), Teen Wolf (2011-2017), and movies like Shark Night 3D (2011) and Refuge to love (2021).
Other actors cast on the show include Teyana Taylor, Laura Harrier and Lance Reddick. While it’s not certain what roles Taylor and Harrier will play, Reddick has been cast to play Benji Allen, Kamal’s father and coach, who battles MS.
White Men Can’t Jump: The Crew
The script for the latest version of the Shelton comedy was written by Kenya Barris, who also serves as the film’s producer. Barris is a film and television writer, producer, director and actor best known for his work as a creator of blackish (2014-2022). The show earned Barris a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021. The creator will be joined in his production duties by NBA star Blake Griffin, NFL player Ryan Kalil and Noah Weinstein through their company. Mortal Media, where Weinstein serves as Head of Production and Development.
The film’s director will be Calmatic, known for his work as a music video director. Calmatic has previously worked on videos such as “Old Town Road,” which won a 2019 MTV Video Music Award for Best Director and a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Music Video of the Year. He has also worked with Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and many others. The director has just finished production for the house party Restart. This film will be Calmatic’s second feature, but he already has many impressive credits to his name.
No confirmed release date has been announced.
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Many wonder if Harlow, who is known only for his music, will be able to make his mark in this film. The rapper has one attack against him, he confessed in an interview with HipHopDX at this year’s Met Gala that he didn’t know much about the source film before. He claimed:
“Can I be honest? I was clearly familiar with it, it’s an iconic title and I saw the movie poster, but I didn’t look at it until I was offered the part.”
Harlow, however, wanted the public to know that he didn’t get the part based on luck alone: ”I did the job.” He wants the chance to prove himself by saying:
“It’s either going to be” [that] there was an announcement that you were in a movie and nothing else, or you get that and it’s like. ‘Wow’, and you brought it… I’m starting to look at it the way I look at music. It’s my first, so I care a lot.”
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