20th Century Studios has debuted its first look at the remake of 1992’s classic sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump. Directed by Calmatic, who uses a script written by Kenya Barris, the film puts a modern spin on the hustle culture of street basketball. It stars Jack Harlow and Singua Walls.
Though short, the teaser provides a small look at the dynamics between Harlow and Walls’ characters, Jeremy and Kamal, both of whom have a debate about cinematic directors.
“Spike Lee is our greatest living director,” Kamal retorts. “Spike Lee’s not even a good Knicks fan,” Jeremy replies.
The new White Men Can’t Jump marks Harlow’s jump from the music world to the acting world. The rapper was recently nominated for three Grammys, including Best Rap Album and Rap Song. Walls appeared in the Sundance horror darling Nanny. He can also be seen in Teen Wolf and Power. Calmatic, who also goes by Charles Kidd II, has directing credits including Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” music video and the recent House Party remake.
Directed by Calmatic, the movie also stars Teyana Taylor, Laura Harrier, Vince Staples, Myles Bullock, and Lance Reddick. The film is written by Kenya Barris and Doug Hall. White Men Can’t Jump is produced by Kenya Barris and Paul Hall; it’s executive produced by Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil, Noah Weinstein, Calmatic, Doug Hall, E. Brian Dobbins and James Powers.
White Men Can’t Jump makes its streaming debut exclusively on Hulu on May 19, 2023.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for White Men Can’t Jump:
From 20th Century Studios,’ the all-new comedy “White Men Can’t Jump” is a modern remix of the iconic 1992 film that celebrates the streetball hustling culture of Los Angeles. Multi-platinum rap superstar Jack Harlow makes his movie debut as Jeremy, a former star of the game whose injuries stalled his career, and Sinqua Walls stars as Kamal, once a promising player who derailed his own future in the sport. Juggling tenuous relationships, financial pressures and serious internal struggles, the two ballers—opposites who are seemingly miles apart—find they might have more in common than they imagined possible.