LeBron James takes his talents to Judd Apatow comedy ‘Trainwreck’
LeBron James has made another decision: The two-time NBA champ has joined the cast of director Judd Apatow’s next movie, “Trainwreck,” which also stars Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton and Method Man.
Schumer penned the script for the comedy, the plot of which has yet to be revealed. Release is scheduled for July 24, 2015.
Apatow is producing “Trainwreck” under his Apatow Productions banner with Barry Mendel for Universal. He welcomed James to the cast via social media, tweeting the news and posting a video on his Facebook page addressed to the Miami Heat star.
“I know you’re very busy with the playoffs,” Apatow says in the video. “But I just wanted to say we’re so glad that you are joining the cast … and now the world will finally get to see what your true gifts are.”
James, a four-time NBA most valuable player, has his hands full trying to lead the Miami Heat to its third consecutive championship, but he also represents a walking, talking, dunking brand name recognized around the world, a fact not lost on Hollywood.
“Trainwreck” marks Universal’s third James-related venture: He is attached to star alongside Kevin Hart in a comedy called “Ballers,” and the studio recently acquired the rights to a feature based on his high school years in Ohio.
James is also executive-producing “Survivor’s Remorse,” a half-hour scripted series for Starz about a basketball star navigating the limelight after inking a multimillion-dollar contract. Sound familiar?
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