I think it’s safe to say the relationship between Adam Sandler and Netflix has been a fruitful one for both parties. After a number of successful comedies on the streamer, Sandler is getting inspirational with his latest film, basketball drama Hustle, in which he produces and stars alongside NBA player Juancho Hernangómez.
The film from director Jeremiah Zagar stars Sandler as a down ‘n out NBA scout looking for his shot at the big time as a coach. He sees his chance while scouting in Spain, which is where he discovers a 7-foot Spanish player who could be a one-of-a-kind prospect.
Also in the film are Queen Latifah as Sandler’s wife, plus Ben Foster and Robert Duvall as NBA execs.
“It’s very much a ‘Rocky’ story,” Sandler recently told EW. “And I’m not Mickey in it — there’s never gonna be another Mickey — but I like being that kind of guy, getting to talk to a young man and getting him fired up.”
Netflix will debut Hustle on June 8th.
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.