The Longest Yard: According to Variety, Burt Reynolds will star opposite Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in Paramount/Sony's remake of The Longest Yard, set to lense in July. He'll portray the coach of the team of inmates forced to play football against a team of guards.

In the original "Longest Yard," released in 1974 by Par, Reynolds starred as retired pro football quarterback and prison inmate; Michael Conrad portrayed the coach of the inmates.

Reynolds was a star running back at Florida State U. for two seasons but turned to acting after suffering a knee injury on a punt return in 1955.

Brian B.