Sandler, LeBron teaming up for Netflix basketball movie

Adam Sandler is set to play a scout in the LeBron James production, "Hustle." File photo

Actor-comedian Adam Sandler is scheduled to star in the basketball-themed movie “Hustle,” which will be released on Netflix, according to Jeff Sneider of Collider.

The movie is being produced by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

“The story follows an American basketball scout (Sandler) who is unjustly fired after discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player abroad,” Sneider wrote. “The scout decides to bring the player to America to prove that they both have what it takes to make it in the NBA.”

The release date has not yet been determined, though some believe it will be in early 2021.

“Sandler is a natural fit for this role, as he’s a huge basketball fan who maintains his own basketball court — Happy Madison Square Garden — on the Sony lot in Culver City, where Happy Madison produces the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs,” Sneider wrote.

“Sandler may root against LeBron in real life, since he’s a big Knicks fan, but now they are teammates on this project. If there’s a mutual connection between the two, it’s Judd Apatow, Sandler’s college roommate who directed LeBron in ‘Trainwreck.'”

Hustle will be directed by Jeremiah Zagar.

Sam Amico covers pro basketball for Sports Illustrated. Follow him @AmicoHoops.