Today, Netflix announced that Academy Award and Grammy Winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Sex and The City) will star opposite Adam Sandler in the Netflix original film Sandy Wexler. This will be Sandler's third feature film with the streaming service. Hudson will play the female lead in the romantic comedy.
The film follows Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler), a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s. He diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business. His single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson), a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park.
Sandy Wexler reunites Happy Madison Productions with director Steve Brill (The Do-Over). Paul Sado, Dan Bulla and Adam Sandler wrote the script. Happy Madison Productions' Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as Producers. Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as Executive Producers.
Sandy Wexler is scheduled to begin shooting in Los Angeles on August 2. The film will premiere in all Netflix territories in 2017. No further casting has been announced at this time. Following Sandy Wexler, Adam Sandler has one final movie to make for Netflix under their exclusive agreement. What that movie will be is not yet known.
Adam Sandler's first exclusive comedy movie for Netflix was The Ridiculous 6. Though it gained a bit of controversy for its portrayal of Native Americans, it went onto become the most watched original Netflix movie in the streaming service's history. It debuted December 11, 2015. It was followed this year by The Do-Over, which paired Sandler with old SNL buddy David Spade. It debuted over Memorial Day weekend and proved to be another substantial hit for Netflix. Sandy Wexler, taking place in the 90s, will be Sandler's follow-up to The Wedding Singer, which took place in the 80s. No release date has been announced, but we can expect to see it in in the early half of 2017, with his final Netflix comedy coming later in the year. While the Netflix and Adam Sandler partnership has been quite success, it isn't known if the two parties will agree to another run of comedy movies following these initial four films.