Adam Sandler loves basketball. You can see him in the stands of NBA games all season long, which is part of the reason why his character in Uncut Gems rang so true. But Sandler has never made a movie truly about the sport, until now, a “love letter to basketball” titled Hustle that pairs him up with LeBron James. That guy knows a little something about b-ball.
In another “serious” Sandler role for which he might earn critical acclaim, Sandler plays a basketball scout who finds a rare talent overseas, bringing him to the States so the two of them can take a shot at rebuilding their careers in the NBA.
Sandler is surrounded by a phenomenal cast that includes Ben Foster, Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall, and Spanish player Juan Hernangómez. LeBron teamed up with Sandler as a producer, so no Space Jam 2 follow-up here.
Hustle hits Netflix on June 10th and is directed by Jeremiah Zagar.
After discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player with a rocky past abroad, a down on his luck basketball scout (Adam Sandler) takes it upon himself to bring the phenom to the States without his team’s approval. Against the odds, they have one final shot to prove they have what it takes to make it in the NBA.