The teaser trailer for Shooting Stars gives fans a dramatized look at LeBron James’ early days as part of a group of five young basketball players who became brothers in friendship.
The Peacock film is based on the book by James and Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger and focuses on how James and his friends became the number one high school team in the U.S., paving the way for James’ stellar NBA and Olympic career.
The film stars Marquis “Mookie” Cook in his screen debut alongside Caleb McLaughlin, Avery S. Willis Jr., Khalil Everage, Wood Harris, and Dermot Mulroney. The film also introduces Sterling “Scoot” Henderson.
According to the description:
In the 1990s, a young LeBron James (Marquis “Mookie” Cook, in his screen debut) and his three best friends — Lil Dru (Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things), Willie McGee (Avery S. Wills, Jr., Swagger) and Sian Cotton (Khalil Everage, Cobra Kai)—called themselves the “Fab Four,” after the famed Michigan Wolverines’ “Fab Five” of that era. From the moment we meet them, we realize this group of friends, under the guidance of coach Dru Joyce (Wood Harris; Creed franchise), is connected by more than basketball.
So, when the coach at the top basketball school in their district threatens to separate them by putting Lil Dru on junior varsity, the Fab Four decide to switch schools to be able to play varsity together, joining the team at a predominantly white Catholic school instead. The community takes this as an insult, but the boys’ dedication to each other is more important than anything else.
With their new coach (Dermot Mulroney; August: Osage County), a disgraced former college coach seeking redemption of his own, the boys, along with former rival and new teammate Romeo Travis (newcomer Sterling “Scoot” Henderson), will face battles not only on the court but in real life, in their quest to become national champs, and will rediscover that what matters most about the game is the people playing beside you.
The film is directed by Chris Robinson from a script by Frank E. Flowers and Tony Rettenmaier & Juel Taylor. James produces with his producing partner Maverick Carter alongside Rachel Winter, Spencer Beighley, Jamal Henderson and Terence Winter. Gretel Twombly executive produces. Springhill Company, Tangerine Pictures and Cold Front Productions produce.
Shooting Stars comes to Peacock June 2.