Kevin Durant has taken his first step toward becoming a movie star.
The Oklahoma City Thunder forward on Monday began production on the upcoming movie in which he has a starring role. Durant confirmed his involvement this week via Twitter.
“1st day on the set of my new movie. Having a great time. This is wild babe!” Durant wrote.
Although no official announcement of the film's title and plot has been made, it appears both have trickled out through various websites.
According to imdb.com, the movie is titled “Switch.” Its director is John Whitesell. It was co-written by Eric Champnella and Jeff Farley. Whitesell has directed such films as “Malibu's Most Wanted,” “Big Momma's House 2” and “See Spot Run.” Champnella is credited for writing “Mr. 3000” and the screenplay for “Eddie,” the 1996 basketball-themed film starring Whoopi Goldberg.
The three-man lineup looks to be a dream team of sorts for what is shaping up to be a family-friendly film. Details of the film's plot appear on caballerocasting.com, which is seeking background actors for the movie.
“In a magical twist, Kevin Durant switches all of his basketball-playing skills with an enthusiastic young fan who becomes the star of his high school team … and leaving Durant and the Thunder helpless,” the website explains. “With the playoffs approaching, they need to discover what it is that brought them together before the early end to the Thunder's season.”
The film has license to use NBA property, The Oklahoman has learned, allowing such things as the Thunder's jersey, logo, arena and mascot, as well as NBA game footage to be used. Durant, however, is prohibited from being filmed in Thunder or NBA-related scenes until the NBA lockout is lifted.
Perhaps no NBA player, though, is better suited for such a role than Durant, one of the most fan friendly stars in the league. Durant has established a reputation for going out of his way to please his fans. He signs autographs for crowds of supporters, home and away, both before and after games. This summer, Durant became a playground legend for his willingness to appear in — and dominate — street ball games throughout the country.
Now, with his first movie scheduled for release in 2012, Durant is one step closer to enhancing that reputation.
THUNDER WAITING LIST
Even though the NBA is in the midst of a lockout, the Thunder still reached its full-season-ticket capacity and announced it has started a waiting list.
The Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and Knicks reportedly are the only franchises to have sold out season tickets for 2011-12.
The Thunder has created the True Blue Club, which allows fans to reserve a spot in line for when full-season tickets become available. Season-ticket members will have an opportunity to add a full-season-ticket request before the general public, but the offer expires Friday at 5 p.m. After the deadline, inquiries for the 2012-13 season will be organized by date and time received.
Members of the season-ticket benefits package will continue to receive the opportunity to upgrade and/or relocate their current seats when the Thunder hosts its annual event in the spring.
For more details on the True Blue Club, visit www.thunder.nba.com.
Staff Writer John Rohde contributed to this story.