Shooting Stars Teaser Trailer Previews Peacock’s LeBron James Biopic

Peacock has unveiled the first Shooting Stars teaser trailer for the upcoming biographical coming-of-age drama centering around the inspiring origin story of NBA superstar LeBron James. The film will be available for streaming on June 2.

The video gives viewers a first look at the five young actors who will play James and his childhood friends including Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin. It chronicles their journey on how they became the top high school basketball team in the country.

Check out the Shooting Stars teaser trailer below:

Shooting Stars is based on James and Pulitzer Prize winner Buzz Bissinger’s novel of the same name. It is directed by Emmy nominee Chris Robinson (Grown-ish) from a screenplay written by Frank E. Flowers (Metro Manila), Tony Rettenmaier (Space Jam: A New Legacy), and Juel Taylor (Creed II). The film will feature the acting debut of five-star high school small forward Marquis “Mookie” Cook as a young LeBron James.

Joining Cook are Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) as Lil Dru, Avery S. Wills, Jr. (Swagger) as Willie McGee, Khalil Everage (Cobra Kai) as Sian Cotton, Wood Harris (Creed franchise) as Dru Joyce, Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County), and newcomer Sterling “Scoot” Henderson as Romeo Travis.

Shooting Stars is set in the 1990s, where a young LeBron James and his three best friends — Lil Dru, Willie McGee and Sian Cotton —declare themselves the ‘Fab Four,’ after the famed Michigan Wolverines’ ‘Fab Five’ of that era. From the moment we meet them, we realize this group of friends, under the guidance of coach Dru Joyce, is connected by more than basketball. So, when the coach at the top basketball school in their district threatens to separate them by putting Lil Dru on junior varsity, the Fab Four decide to switch schools to be able to play varsity together, joining the team at a predominantly white Catholic school instead. The community takes this as an insult, but the boys’ dedication to each other is more important than anything else,” reads the synopsis.

“With their new coach, a disgraced former college coach seeking redemption of his own, the boys, along with former rival and new teammate Romeo Travis, will face battles not only on the court but in real life, in their quest to become national champs, and will rediscover that what matters most about the game is the people playing beside you.”

The film is produced by James, Oscar nominee Rachel Winter, Spencer Beighley, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson and Terence Winter. The film is executive produced by Gretel Twombly.

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