Hear me out on this, but there’s a chance Nick Cannon might want to rethink a major casting decision for his new movie. He’s aiming for the triple threat here, starring, directing, and producing an indie drama called She Ball, about women’s street basketball, as Variety reports. Cannon’s inked a few actors you might recognize: Rebecca De Mornay, from Risky Business, Evan Ross, from ATL, and Cedric the Entertainer, from Cedric the Entertainer movies. He’s also recruited Chris Brown for an unspecified role.
Chris Brown and women have been inextricably linked in all the worst ways for some time, from his most notorious act of domestic violence against then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, to just this year when ex-partner Karrueche Tran was granted a five-year restraining order for his violent threats. I’m starting to think this might be a film made by people who don’t entirely have the interests of women basketball players, or women in general as a first priority!
To his credit, Cannon will feature real-life athletes from the WNBA, Ball Up, and the Basketball Beauties League “to bring authenticity” to the project. It’s a nice gesture, but based on the initial casting announcement, you can see where they might be relegated to the background. Of course, as with any movie reporting, to pass judgement beyond the personnel is unfair this early in the game.
So we have: a movie about women’s street basketball, with a man at its center in nearly every aspect of filmmaking, co-starring an R&B star who, while an impressive basketball player, has been charged with violent assault against women. I don’t think a female director or producer would have co-signed much of this, and probably should have been the one to spearhead the entire project, just a thought!