Few athletes have had an impact on pop culture quite like LeBron James. Not only has he won four NBA titles and scored more points than any other player in history, but he has also developed a successful business portfolio, opened his own school and served as the face of Nike. With his basketball future up in the air, Peacock will look back at where it all started. Inspired by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger’s book of the same name, Peacock’s original film, Shooting Stars, takes a closer look at James’ high school years and all of the challenges he overcame to become the public figure he has evolved into.
“In the 1990s, a young LeBron James and his three best friends — Lil Dru, Willie McGee and Sian Cotton — 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, is connected by more than basketball,” the film’s description reads.
“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.”
Peacock’s Shooting Stars will debut on June 2, 2023. Until then, check out the trailer below.