James Van Der Beek in Talks to Join Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann in eOne Comedy ‘Rock the Boat’

James Van Der Beek is getting the band back together.

Van Der Beek is in negotiations to join Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann in Rock the Boat, a comedy being made by eOne.

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Veteran comedy director Luke Greenfield (Let’s Be Cops) is helming the project that has Netflix in talks to pick it up from eOne, which is on the market from Hasbro. A spring shoot is being eyed.

Jon Turteltaub, Jonathan Prince, Mark Ross and Wilson are producing. Josie Liang is executive producing.

The story tells of four female best friends who in high school in the 1990s were obsessed with a boy band a la The Backstreet Boys or 98 Degrees. Cut to 20 years later, when the band, named 4Play, announces a reunion tour aboard a cruise ship, the four women hop on board to rediscover their friendships and reignite their lives.

Van Der Beek will play one of the band members.

Netflix is seeking to cast ’90s mainstays for the band roles to give the film extra resonance and fun. Van Der Beek fits the bill perfectly as his posters adorned many a wall thanks to his starring role in zeitgeist-defining teen series Dawson’s Creek and movies such as Varsity Blues.

Boat marks Van Der Beek’s first project since the coronavirus pandemic. The actor’s recent credits include Pose, the Emmy-winning FX drama co-created by Ryan Murphy. He also co-created, wrote, showran and starred in Vice’s first scripted series, What Would Diplo Do?

The actor is repped by APA and Novo.

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