SHOOTING STARS – The story of LeBron James and his close friends

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Marquis “Mookie” Cook as LeBron James in Shooting Stars, directed by Chris Robinson


Many of us have long-life friends that turn into family. Based on the book by LeBron James and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger, Shooting Stars is the inspiring origin story of a basketball superhero, revealing how LeBron James and his childhood friends become the #1 high school team in the country, launching James’s breathtaking career as a four-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Fun fact: Lebron’s path to stardom included a Catholic High School and a loving mom that wanted him to succeed.

Based on the book by LeBron James and the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger, Shooting Stars is the inspiring origin story of a basketball superhero, revealing how LeBron James and his childhood friends become the #1 high school team in the country, launching James’s breathtaking career as a four-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. 

In the 1990s, a young LeBron James (Marquis “Mookie” Cook, in his screen debut) and his three best friends — Lil Dru (Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things), Willie McGee (Avery S. Wills, Jr., Swagger) and Sian Cotton (Khalil Everage, Cobra Kai)—called 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 (Wood Harris; Creed franchise), 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. 

With their new coach (Dermot Mulroney; August: Osage County), a disgraced former college coach seeking redemption of his own, the boys, along with former rival and new teammate Romeo Travis (newcomer Sterling “Scoot” Henderson), 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. 

Shooting Stars is directed by Emmy nominee Chris Robinson (BeatsGrown-ish).The film’s screenplay is by Frank E. Flowers (Metro Manila) and Tony Rettenmaier(Space Jam: A New Legacy) & Juel Taylor (Creed II), based on the book by James and Bissinger. 

The film is produced by Academy Award®nominee Rachel Winter p.g.a. (Dallas Buyers Club), Spencer Beighley p.g.a.(executive producer Hustle), LeBron James, Maverick Carter (Space Jam: A New Legacy), Jamal Henderson (Executive Producer, The Shop) and Academy Award®nominee and Emmy winner Terence Winter(Boardwalk Empire). The film is executive produced by Gretel Twombly. Universal Pictures presents a Springhill Company/Tangerine Pictures/Cold Front Productions production.