Oregon recruit to play LeBron James in ‘Shooting Stars’ film
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will be the subject a movie set to come to big screens. Shooting Stars, a film adaptation of the 2009 biography written by James and Buzz Bissinger, is expected to release in 2023 and will feature five-star Oregon basketball commit Marquis Cook playing the role of James, according to Rivals.
According to the @THR, five-star Oregon commit Marquis “Mookie” Cook is set to star as Young Lebron James in the upcoming film “Shooting Stars” @DSArivals | @marquiscookk | @KingJames pic.twitter.com/AGKvRGItgI
— Rivals (@Rivals) May 13, 2022
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the cast will feature some notable names, including Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin. Others involved include Algee Smith, Dermot Mulaney, Natalie Paul Wood Harris, Avery Wills, and many more.
Filming for Shooting Stars began last week in various locations in the Cleveland and Akron areas of Ohio. Producers for the film include Rachel Winter and Terence Winter, as well as the Lakers superstar and his friends, Maverick Carter, Spencer Beighley, and Jamal Henderson.
Mookie Cook, a five-star recruit who has committed to play at Oregon, ranks as the No. 5 overall player in the Class of 2023. The Chandler, Arizona native is the state’s top-rated recruit and the No. 2 recruit at his position of small forward. He’ll be tasked with portraying James on the big screen, a rather interesting move for a young basketball player who has yet to take the court at the college level. Considering he stands in at 6-7 and 200 lbs, he seems a great fit to play a young LeBron.
There’s no official release date set for Shooting Stars just yet, but the release is expected to take place at some point in 2023, at which point fans will get a unique glimpse into the early life of LeBron as he navigated high school and his stardom in sports from a young age, well before his days with the Lakers.