What to Know About Netflix’s New Basketball Movie “Hustle”


Sandler will play in this film the role of Stanley Beren, a former scout who hopes to bring an international player to the United States. The film, directed by Jeremiah Zagar and written by Taylor Materne (who will make his film debut after previously writing for the video game NBA 2K), originally asked Sandler’s character to find a player in China.

Some have speculated LeBron’s role in that film gave him an added incentive to strike back at Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey when the NBA executive slammed the Chinese government.

But that ultimately didn’t matter for this particular movie in the long run. According to Sandler, Netflix employees asked if they could go somewhere in Latin America or Europe instead, because the streaming company is not available in China.

Eventually, the parties involved agreed to change the location to Spain. Then they had to find their basketball player.


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