While there were certainly rumors that Jonathan Majors was in talks to play the near-mythical Dennis Rodman in 48 hours in Vegas – an upcoming comedy based on the Chicago Bulls superstar’s infamous trip to Sin City in the middle of the 1998 NBA Finals (Chicago Bulls vs Utah Jazz) – the man himself has personally confirmed he’s attached to the long-awaited project.
“Yeah, I’m playing Dennis Rodman…it’s okay, we’re working on the script,” Jonathan Majors recently told BH in an as-yet-unpublished interview during his recent visit to Sydney, Australia.
“Let’s go, guys. Thank you…great. In fact, you helped me.
Prior to this, Majors hinted at the possibility when noting his desire to speak with The Worm himself.
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“It’s on my list…I know where he’s at and I think he has an open heart and wants to collaborate,” Majors hinted in a chat with Variety at Governor’s prices.
The rising star has been in high demand since leading HBO’s critically acclaimed horror drama, Lovecraft Country, as protagonist Atticus Sampson “Tic” Freeman. Since then Majors has appeared in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloodsthe western set of netflix The more they fallin addition to landing the role of Michael B. Jordan’s formidable boxing adversary, Anderson Dame, in Creed III.
But Creed III won’t be the only franchise Jonathan Majors will be able to play a villain. After debuting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the He Who Remains character variant in Disney+ Lokithe Yale School of Drama alum will now portray the next Thanos-level Avengers threat: Kang the Conqueror – which you can now witness in the critical division Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania.
And as you’ll notice from the images above and below, the six-inch disparity between the comedian and the NBA legend won’t be too noticeable. Over the past year or so, Majors has proven himself to be quite a capable athlete in his own right by transforming himself into an all too believable heavyweight boxing champion and professional bodybuilder.
48 hours in Vegas will be led by Phil Lord & Chris Miller, whom you may have met through 21 jump street, 22 jump street, Cloudy with a chance of meatballsas well as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
The duo’s production company, Lord Miller, will collaborate with Lionsgate on this project, along with producer Aditya Sood. Sood will be joined by Ari Lubet, Will Allegra, as well as Dennis Rodman himself. Jordan VanDina (The frenzy, Cocaine Hippos, What would Diplo do?) was tapped to write the screenplay.
“Dennis refused to follow the herd,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller shared in a statement.
“That’s what made him a target and it’s also what made him a star. His weekend in Las Vegas is full of fun and pranks, but it’s also full of important questions about the way public figures and workers are treated, especially when their individuality is expressed so vividly.
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“There’s only one Dennis Rodman,” said Nathan Kahane, president of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group.
“In 1998, there was no one on Earth who would be more fun – or perhaps more dangerous – to party with. And yet, that’s not even half of who he is.
“This film takes you on an unforgettable ride with the myth, the legend and also the man that is Dennis, behind everything you think you know.”
Here is the official synopsis of 48 hours in Vegas – the story of Dennis Rodman:
Las Vegas, Nevada. 1998. The NBA Finals are in full swing. The Chicago Bulls are on the verge of completing their second hat-trick in eight years. And Dennis Rodman – a groundbreaking cultural presence on and off the court and iconoclastic future team member, defensive specialist, rebounding genius – bravely just told coach Phil Jackson he needs 48 hours. in Vegas. Naturally, it’s a request that Jackson honors. Inspired by two whirlwind mythical days in Sin City, Lionsgate’s 48 Hours in Vegas will take audiences on Rodman’s wild adventure with his temperamental assistant general manager, and detail a budding friendship neither of them ever thought possible. but will eventually solve both of their problems.