We see Beren engaged in the scouting talent hustle, which is quite a difficult thing to do in a sports environment brimming with new players and fierce competition. This kind of obsessive commitment obviously comes at a price, as Beren has had to constantly sacrifice time with loved ones to play the hustle game. When things look too bleak, Beren discovers an up-and-coming talent, Bo (Juancho Hernangomez), who dreams of breaking into the NBA.
However, Beren’s boss (a frosty Ben Foster), has nothing to do with it and actively tries to prevent Beren from bringing the amateur player to the fore. Now that Beren has the fire to cement his name in the world of professional basketball and is determined to secure a bright future for Bo through his talent, things take a dramatic turn and the hurdles are overcome.
“Hustle,” of course, isn’t Sandler’s first collaboration with Netflix. He has a deal with the streamer that produced titles such as “Murder Mystery” and “Hubie Halloween.” And it’s not Sandler’s first basketball-related film either — the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems” had a subplot involving sports betting. This upcoming sports drama will see Sandler exercise his knack for portraying serious characters in drama-filled arcs, allowing the space to explore narratives that rely on grounded realism, in a sense.
“Hustle” is directed by Jeremiah Zagar, who previously worked on “We the Animals,” a poignant coming-of-age film about the struggles of growing up in a dysfunctional family. The screenplay for “Hustle” was written by Taylor Materne and Will Fetters, and the latter previously worked on the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper star, “A Star is Born.” LeBron James and Sandler himself are producing the project.
Check out the official synopsis for “Hustle:”
“After discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player with a checkered past overseas, an unlucky basketball scout (Adam Sandler) takes it upon himself to bring the phenom to the United States without his team’s approval. Against all odds, they have one last chance to prove they have what it takes to succeed in the NBA.”
“Hustle” is set to premiere June 8, 2022 on Netflix.