When we started looking into Adam Sandler's next project, Sandy Wexler, we could't help but be optimistic about the film's chances of actually being good. Considering the film is a Sandler film set in the 1990's, and Jennifer Hudson is cast as the romantic lead, the odds seem to be in Happy Madison's favor. Now we've gotten some new information that may, or may not, keep the party going in your eyes: a good number of the Sandler / Happy Madison crew is coming back for Sandy Wexler.
More specifically Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn and Nick Swardson are all slated to have roles in Sandy Wexler, according to a new report in The Hollywood Reporter. No details have been given about the roles the men will be playing, just that they will be returning alongside the two new cast members that were announced, Arsenio Hall and Lamorne Morris. More than likely, these gentlemen will be playing the roles of clients to the titular talent agent, played by Sandler himself, who finds himself falling for Jennifer Hudson's character after he's discovered her.
This news comes on the heels of Adam Sandler's last film, The Do-Over, apparently ranking in as a Top 10 pick on Netflix in several countries, on top of being the most watched film on the streaming service. So despite some thinking that Sandler's shift to Netflix was a downward move, its a decision that only seems to have put the comedic actor in a closer position to his target audience. So, with more Sandler fans watching new Sandler films, it's not a surprise that actors known to work in the Happy Madison camp keep coming back, especially now.
With actors like Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn and Nick Swardson all returning for Sandy Wexler, those who are hoping for a change in pace when it comes to Adam Sandler films had better be wary. The casting of several key Sandler collaborators is a good sign that the business as usual model the previous two Netflix films have taken is still very much in effect. At this point, all we're waiting for is the announcement that Steve Buscemi and David Spade are both coming on board to complete the formation.
This isn't to say that Sandy Wexler is safe to be written off as "yet another Adam Sandler" film just yet. Instead, we'd like to suggest that the film may not be the Adam Sandler film that changes the world's view on the popular comedian, while at the very least it sounds like a movie that wouldn't be a complete waste of time if watched on Netflix. We don't have a release date, or a production start date, for the film, but as soon as that changes, we'll let you know.