Jonathan Majors is in early talks to play Dennis Rodman in Lionsgate’s 48 Hours to Vegas, which will chronicle the charismatic basketball legend’s infamous trip during the 1998 NBA Finals.
The film will chronicle the journey of Rodman, then a star player for the Chicago Bulls dynasty, who asked his coach Phil Jackson if he could take a 2 day trip to Las Vegas in the middle of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz, the series that would eventually complete a second three-peat of championships for the team in the 90s.
Rodman and his Bulls superstar teammate Michael Jordan revisited these events in acclaimed ESPN documentary series The Last Dance – the popularity of which surely helped encourage the making of this film – but this project is said to paint its own picture of the madcap adventure that ensued as Rodman and a skittish assistant GM developed a surprising new friendship.
Jordan VanDina (The Binge) will pen the screenplay, while Phil Lord and Chris Miller will produce. No director is currently on board.
Rodman is a wonderfully eccentric figure, both now and during his playing days, so the movie will have a compelling presence at its core and Majors will no doubt have a blast playing him.
Majors is best known for Lovecraft Country, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Da 5 Bloods, and The Harder They Fall. He’s got a busy stretch lined up, with Korean war film Devotion hitting cinemas in November, his anticipated arrival as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania out in February, and Creed III bowing in March.
He also recently wrapped filming on drama Magazine Dreams, and will soon begin production on the adaptation of Walter Mosley novel The Man in My Basement alongside Willem Dafoe.