Wesley Snipes And Woody Harrelson Rebooting Their Team-Up Movie?
The original writer of White Men Can't Jump wants Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson to at least cameo.
Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson have appeared in four movies together, beginning with the Goldie Hawn football film, Wildcats, Money Train with Jennifer Lopez, and Play it to the Bone. Perhaps their most famous film together was the 1992 basketball film, White Men Can’t Jump, which followed two streetball hustlers trying to make enough money to live by doing the one thing they know how to do best, ballin on the court. Now that there is a White Men Can’t Jump remake in the works, fans have been wondering if they will see the original actors come back; according to Movie Web, original writer Kenya Barris is trying his best to make it happen.
The original film follows Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) when he and his girl (Rosie Perez) move out to Southern California to chase their dreams, his being to find glory on the court again and hers to get on Jeopardy. While hustling a group of players, Doyle catches the eye of Sidney Dean (Wesley Snipes), who sees potential in a collective effort to bamboozle players on all courts around the city, allowing him and his family to make enough money to move out of their neighborhood.
The film begins with the assertion that white players are not as good as black players in street-style basketball, only to find Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson come together to get everything they want.
White Men Can’t Jump was released 30 years ago, which means it is likely there will be a new pair of younger players to take on the leading roles, but like all remakes, the original fans are asking if Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson can show up in some way.
In an interview with TMZ, creator Kenya Barris revealed that he really wants them to show up, and they are hard at work to see the original actors show up in cameos at the very least. So far, the cast has added Lance Reddick of Netflix’s Resident Evil, Teyana Taylor of Coming 2 America, and Laura Harrier of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
There are a few roles that Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson could seamlessly slide into that could make for some fantastic on-screen throwbacks without taking away from the new cast’s attempt to do something new. Billy Hoyle and his girl came to LA to escape two loansharks who paid Hoyle to throw a game and lost money due to Hoyle losing his temper and winning the game; the original actors could be fun versions of the characters known as The Stuccis. The second and more fun option is for Snipes and Harrelson to appear in the place of the original film’s beach champions, The King and The Duck.
Remakes seem to happen daily in Hollywood now; some find a new crop of fans and start a new franchise like Jumanji with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillem. Others fail to capture the hearts of new fans even with the presence of the original characters, like Ghostbusters with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, and Kate McKinnon. No matter how many original fans are ready to leap to the theaters to see a remake of a beloved sports classic, the addition of Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson can’t hurt.