20th Century’s White Men Can’t Jump reboot has found one of its leads in rapper Jack Harlow, who will make his acting debut in the film.
As Deadline notes in their exclusive report, Harlow blew producers away in what was his first-ever audition for an on-screen project.
The film is being directed by Calmatic with a script from Kenya Barris and Doug Hall. Barris is producing through his Khalabo Ink Society banner along with Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil, and Noah Weinstein, who are executive producing through their Mortal Media banner.
Calmatic, who directed the cinematic video for Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road,' is also directing the upcoming 'House Party' film on HBO Max.
The reboot of the classic 1992 sports comedy starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson with Rosie Perez sees Harlow in a role similar to Harrelson in the first film.
Harlow reportedly impressed the producers, particularly Barris. His audition combined with his very public skills as a hooper, appearing in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, made him a fit in their eyes.
The search is still on for the actor who will play the Snipes character and producers are also looking to fill the role of Harlow’s girlfriend in the film, which will be the character played by Perez in the original.
Deadline states that Harlow will work on the movie around the Forecastle Festival, which takes place on his home state Kentucky from May 27-30.