Tracy Morgan Joins Taraji P. Henson in “What Men Want” as Lavar Ball-Esque NBA Dad (Exclusive)

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Beloved comedian has closed a deal to join Taraji P. Henson in Paramount Players’ comedy , the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.

Inspired by the Nancy Meyers movie What Women Want starring Mel Gibson, the new film finds Henson playing a sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts, she uses it to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

Sources tell the Tracking Board that Morgan will play the NBA star’s father, who is brash and loud, a la current Lakers “dadager” Lavar Ball.

Adam Shankman is directing and executive producing the film, which is being produced by Will Packer and James Lopez. Brian Robbins and Ali Bell are spearheading production for Paramount Players, which is slated to release What Men Want on Jan. 11, 2019.

Morgan currently stars opposite Tiffany Haddish in the TBS comedy The Last O.G. and he’s also attached to star alongside Luke Wilson in the indie comedy The Shitheads, which serves as Macon Blair’s follow-up to his Sundance-winning I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The hilarious SNL alum’s recent film credits include Chris Rock’s Top Five and the New Line comedy Fist Fight. He’s represented by , and attorney Ken Richman.

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