The upcoming House Party reboot from Warner Bros. at HBO Max has done a casting switcheroo.
Deadline reports that Jacob Latimore, best known for his role in The Chi, has signed on to co-star in New Line's reboot of the popular film. Latimore is replacing Jorge Lendeborg Jr., who left to focus on his mental health, according to Deadline's sources. This was a decision that both the studio and filmmakers were supportive of.
Now, Latimore will star opposite Tosin Cole. Calmatic, a music video director who directed Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus in Old Town Road, will make his feature directorial debut with the film. Calmatic's resume also includes music video projects with Pharrell, Jay-Z, Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign and Anderson. Paak, among others.
Karen Obilom, DC Young Fly, Shakira Ja'nai Paye, Tamera Kissen and Bill Bellamy also star.
The script will be penned by Atlanta writers Jamal Olori and Stephen Glover (the latter of whom is Atlanta writer/star Donald Glover's brother). Like the original, the House Party reboot will follow a high school kid who attends his friend's house party, which leads to a night of hijinks(with the appropriate New Jack Swing soundtrack to match). The original starred Christopher "Kid" Reid and Christopher "Play" Martin, who were a popular hip hop group in the early '90s.
LeBron James, who recently made his latest acting splash in Space Jam: A New Legacy, will produce through his company SpringHill Entertainment with his producing partner Maverick Carter. SpringHill's Spencer Beighley and Jamal Henderson will also executive produce with Reginald Hudlin and Warrington Hudlin. Richard Brenner, Victoria Palmeri and Josh Mack are monitoring the project for New Line.
House Party is one of the few '90s projects that have gotten a reboot in recent years. In 2019, Lena Waithe and Halle Berry brought back Boomerang in a sequel television series for BET. A dramatic take on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is also in the works with Smith executive producing. However, other possible reboots or continuations, such as Living Single or A Different World, have been stuck in idea mode for years.