The cast for Trainwreck just got a little bigger—and several feet taller. Deadline reports that Miami Heat forward LeBron James will appear in the Universal comedy, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow. (The latter has never helmed a film he didn’t pen himself, so that’s something). James and rapper Method Man have been added to a previously announced jamboree of talent that includes Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, John Cena, Barkhad Abdi, Ezra Miller, Vanessa Bayer, and Jon Glaser.
Universal hasn’t shared a plot synopsis, but Schumer has spilled some details. In an interview with Elle last week, she had this to say:
It’s about me. We start filming it in two weeks. Bill Hader plays my love interest, it’s an R-rated comedy for sure, and it’s you know, going to be like my show, or my stand up. I work at a men’s magazine and I’m just at that crossroads of no being a kid anymore. My behavior isn’t that cute anymore, it’s kind of catching up with me.
No word in that description on who James might be playing. But even if it’s a tiny role, audiences can expect to see more of the athlete (and his life story) on movie screens: Deadline also notes that Universal is developing a film about his early years as a high-school basketball player. There’s also that Kevin Hart film, in which James will comically make his diminutive costar look even shorter, and—if those rumors ever pan out—that Space Jam sequel, in which he’ll hopefully prove to be a better actor than Michael Jordan, at least.
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