Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is about to star in his first film, “Uncle Drew,” an ensemble comedy that drafted current and former basketball greats to play geriatrics. Irving — a 25-year-old onetime Rookie of the Year and NBA Champion — debuted the Uncle Drew character in a 2012 commercial for Pepsi Max. The ad has now been viewed on YouTube more than 51 million times; as of October 2016, it was the most-viewed basketball-related clip in the website’s history.
Set in Harlem, the film opens with a dejected Dax (Lil Rel Howery, “Get Out”), who squandered his life’s savings assembling a street ball team lured away by his foe (Nick Kroll). Eyeing a tournament cash prize, he takes legendary player Uncle Drew on a cross-country journey to round-up his courtmates of yore. These roles are filled by Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, his Orlando Magic teammate Chris Webber, Indiana Pacers icon Reggie Miller, four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie, and Nate Robinson, an NBA veteran currently playing in Venezuela.
Directed by Charles Stone III (“Drumline”) from a script by Jay Longino, “Uncle Drew” will be released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment on June 29. Sports Illustrated revealed their actors on Twitter this September.
Exclusive first look: Kyrie Irving and the cast of the upcoming @UncleDrewFilm.
Can you name all the NBA stars? pic.twitter.com/WkTvas81il
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 5, 2017
Watch the trailer below.