A few years ago, Pepsi decided to reach out to someone who was presumably responsible for doing all of the makeup in the movies where Eddie Murphy plays more than one person to help them out with a series of commercials featuring Kyrie Irving masquerading as a freakishly athletic old dude known as “Uncle Drew.” This was a natural pairing because, as we all know, there’s no better way to quench your thirst when playing basketball than an ice-cold Pepsi.
Irving has blossomed into one of the best players in the NBA since the first commercial aired in addition to establishing himself as the league’s premier conspiracy theorist thanks to his interest in the Flat Earth movement and skepticism of the existence of dinosaurs. However, he’s apparently also made some time in his busy schedule to pursue acting more seriously, and we’ll all get to see the fruits of his labor when a movie based on the ads drops this summer.
Here’s the first look at the upcoming Uncle Drew:
Reggie Miller’s lookin’ good.
Here’s 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.
After being as let down as I was by the sitcom starring the cavemen from the Geico commercials, I don’t want to get my hopes up about a movie based on a marketing campaign, but I have a hard time believing the combination of the guy from Get Out and such an impressive roster of ex-players will be a total disappointment.
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