Jennifer Hudson will play Adam Sandler’s unlikely love interest in his new film Sandy Wexler.
The Dreamgirls star will portray singer Courtney Clarke in the film about a talent manager, played by Sandler, who falls for his new client, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Adam has co-written the script and will produce the film, while Steven Brill will direct the feature. It will begin shooting in August (16) in Los Angeles and will premiere on streaming service Netflix next year (17).
Sandy Wexler will be the third film in Adam’s four-movie deal with bosses at Netflix. The Do-Over and The Ridiculous 6 have already been released, but the latter faced a slew of controversy after a group of Native American actors walked off the set of the comedy last year (15), accusing the funnyman of stereotyping and disrespecting them.
Netflix producers defended the 49-year-old following the controversy, stating, “The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of – but in on – the joke.”
And Adam subsequently urged Native Americans to watch the new movie before criticizing it, insisting, “It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie (is) out it (will) be cleared up.”
Meanwhile, Jennifer has been keeping herself busy as she continues to rack up her acting credits, after her breakout role in Dreamgirls, which earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2007.
She will next appear as Motormouth Maybelle in TV musical Hairspray Live!, alongside a cast that includes Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Martin Short, Harvey Fierstein, and newcomer Maddie Baillio.