Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Bionic Woman”) will star opposite Forest Whitaker in the sports drama “Patriots” for the Weinstein Company says The Hollywood Reporter.
“Patriots,” based on a true story, is set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Al Collins, a high school basketball coach in Marrero, La., assembled a team of players who previously attended five different schools and led them on the path to the state championships.
Washington will play an assistant coach at John Ehret High who helps lead the squad. Taraji P. Henson, Robbie Jones, Jackie Long, Eric Hill, Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Irma Hall, Jarod Einsohn, J.B. Smoove and Chyna McClain have also joined the cast.
Robert Eisele (“The Great Debaters”) and Greg Allen Howard (“Remember the Titans”) wrote the script, Tim Story (“Taxi,” “Fantastic Four”) is directing, and shooting begins this week in New Orleans.