Watch: Here’s who will play LeBron James in the new movie
Universal Studios and SpringHill Company have reportedly found their star for the upcoming film adaptation of the 2009 book “Shooting Stars” by LeBron James and author Buzz Bissinger.
Five-star high school basketball recruit Marquis “Mookie” Cook will play a teenage version of LeBron in the upcoming drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The print version of the story tells how James and his best friends/teammates overcame a failed national championship, broken homes, and James’ national hype to win the title at the end of their high school career.
At 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds, Cook certainly fits the mold as a school-age LeBron. The Compass Prep basketball star is currently ranked the No. 2 small forward in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports. He committed to play for Oregon once his high school career in Arizona ended.
It is unclear how Cook was approached for the role.
“Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin will also star alongside Cook. The show began filming in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio earlier this week, per THR.