Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (soon to be seen in NBC’s Hairspray Live!) is set to star in the romantic comedy, Sandy Wexler. Hudson will play the female lead opposite Adam Sandler who’s taking on the title role. Steve Brill (The Do-Over) is directing from a script by Sandler, Dan Bulla, and Paul Sado. Sandler and Allen Covert are producing, and Tim Herlihy and Barry Bernardi are executive producing. Filming’s expected to get underway in August 2016 in Los Angeles.
The Happy Madison production will air on Netflix in 2017. Sandy Wexler marks the third collaboration between Sandler and Netflix.
Hudson’s career was launched following her appearance as a contestant on season three of American Idol in 2004. Hudson didn’t win the American Idol title, but she went on to win awards including a Grammy for her self-titled first album and an Academy Award for her supporting role in the musical Dreamgirls. Her additional acting credits include Sex and the City, Confirmation, Empire, Black Nativity, Smash, and The Secret Life of Bees.
The Plot: The film follows Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler), a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, who 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.