Adam Sandler somehow managed to nab Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson for his latest project, a Netflix film called Sandy Wexler. With Sandler’s problematic past when it comes to people of colour on his sets (like when his script for The Ridiculous Six insulted First Nations actors who walked off set), it’s nice to see that he’s diversifying, and hopefully respecting, his cast.
This isn’t the first time Sandler has hired a woman of colour to play his love interest – in Grown Ups Salma Hayek played his wife. However, on top of his past problematic behaviour with people of colour, the Big Daddy actor has also been called out for his blatant sexism. In 2015 Rose McGowan tweeted that she was told to wear something revealing to an audition for one of his films.
As for his latest flick, the Netflix original is set in the 90s with Sandler playing a talent manager and Hudson portraying his client, singer Courtney Clarke.
Steven Brill will direct the movie which is part of Sandler’s four-movie deal with Netflix. Two of the movies have already been released – the aforementioned The Ridiculous Six and The Do-Over.
Sandy Wexler will start filming in L.A. in August and will be released on Netflix in 2017.