Hot off the heels of The Last Airbender, director M. Night Shyamalan has set his sights on his next project: a live-action feature film based on Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks, an animated TV series on Adult Swim (as well as a comic strip) that follows the adventures of an African-American family in a suburb of Illinois.
While official pre-production has yet to begin, Shyamalan has already locked in his cast.
Huey Freeman will be played by High School Musical's Lucas Grabeel:
Riley Freeman will be played by teen singing sensation Justin Bieber:
And Robert "Grandad" Freeman will be played, of course, by Mel Gibson:
Shyamalan, who also wrote the screenplay for The Boondocks feature, had intended to also star in the movie as himself. In the script, Shyamalan visits the Freeman boys' school to give a talk about race relations.
However, due to a demanding production schedule, Shyamalan has backed off from costarring in the film. Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel had begged for the role, but Shyamalan insisted that he be played by a random male underwear model:
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