Former “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Bionic Woman” star Isaiah Washington will star opposite Forest Whitaker in Patriots, the Weinstein Company’s sports drama being directed by Tim Story, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Also joining the cast are Taraji P. Henson, Robbie Jones, Jackie Long, Eric Hill, Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Irma Hall, Jaren Einsohn, J.S. Smoove and Chyna Mcclain.
Patriots, based on a true story, is set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where Al Collins, a high school basketball coach in Marrero, La., assembled a team of players who had previously attended five different schools and led them on the path to the state championships.
Washington will play Assistant Coach Simmons of John Ehret High, who helps lead his squad.
Robert Eisele (The Great Debaters) and Greg Allen Howard (Remember the Titans) wrote the script.
Shooting begins this week in New Orleans.