February 19, 2022
Adam Sandler will shine a spotlight on the Philadelphia region for a massive Netflix audience this June with the release of "Hustle," a feature film from the streaming giant that spent the better part of two years shooting scenes at recognizable locations in the Delaware Valley.
On Friday, Netflix dropped its first trailer for "Hustle," a movie that stars Sandler as a basketball scout attempting to jumpstart the NBA career of a troubled overseas prospect, portrayed by NBA player Juancho Hernangomez. An opportunity surfaces with the Philadelphia 76ers, but Sandler needs to keep his guy motivated to catch on with the team – and at the same time save his own scouting career.
Sandler shared a tweet with the trailer on Friday morning.
Film crews working on "Hustle" were spotted in Center City, the Italian Market, North Philly, South Philly, Manayunk, Chester, Coatesville and Camden, and a bunch of the sights and sounds they captured in those places were packed into a trailer that runs less than 90 seconds.
Pay close attention to the movie clip and see how many Philly things you can identify. PhillyVoice has created a quiz that's at the end of this article and you can test your knowledge of the region.
The Netflix movie was co-produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company, Roth/Kirschenbaum Films and The SpringHill Co. The latter, which produced "Space Jam: A New Legacy," was founded by NBA superstar LeBron James and his close friends, Maverick and James Carter.
Sandler stars as Stanley Beren, a struggling NBA scout who attempts to revive his own career by taking a shot on the risky foreign prospect played by Hernangomez, who in real life plays for the Utah Jazz. Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall and Ben Foster are among the other leading members of the cast.
Directing duties were led by South Philadelphia native Jeremiah Zagar, who is following up on his critically-praised 2018 adaptation of the Justin Torres novel, "We The Animals," Zagar's father, Isaiah, is the artist behind Philadelphia's iconic Magic Gardens on South Street. His mother owns the nearby art space Eyes Gallery.
Sandler has embraced his love of basketball in recent years, including his standout performance alongside Kevin Garnett in the Safdie brothers' 2019 crime thriller "Uncut Gems." Netflix has signed on with Happy Madison to produce four more films.
During the production of "Hustle," Sandler interacted with Philly residents and routinely visited local businesses in the city. The actor and comedian, famous for incorporating music into his standup sets, even purchased a pair of guitars at DePinto's in Fishtown.
Here is our quiz based on the "Hustle" trailer, and at the very end is another link to all the answers.
Find the answers to the quiz here.