What first started out as a marketing bit has now turned into a full-blown movie. It’s not entirely original, but the end result can be something fun if executed properly. That’s what I can hope for in Uncle Drew. For those who may not be familiar with who Uncle Drew is, the character is actually NBA star Kyrie Irving who is dressed as an old, semi-overweight man, who goes to various neighborhood basketball courts and outplays the much younger competition. As you can imagine, in the day and age of social media, it can create some very funny videos.
Those viral videos have led up to this comedy featuring Irving playing the senior persona, with Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie also joining in on the fun. Check out the latest trailer below.
Now there seems to be a little more story to the film than just an NBA player putting on a costume and embarrassing the younger competition. In it, Get Out‘s Lil Rel Howery plays Dax, who is looking to rebuild his reputation as a street ball team manager when he loses his first game to a rival (Nick Kroll). He then discovers that the legendary Uncle Drew is still among the living, and together they assemble a new team that proves you are never too old for anything.
Here is the official synopsis:
After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.
The film also stars Erica Ash and Tiffany Haddish (Girl’s Trip).
Lionsgate has scheduled Uncle Drew to hit theaters on June 29, 2018.