Review of Taylor Lautner & Rob Schneider Join Kevin James in Home Team

Daljit Kalsi
Taylor Lautner & Rob Schneider Join Kevin James in Home Team

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Netflix has added to the cast of the upcoming family comedy Home Team, with Taylor Lautner (Twilight Saga, Scream Queens, Cuckoo), Emmy nominee Rob Schneider (SNL, Deuce Bigalow, Grown Ups), and others joining the Emmy-nominated Kevin James (The King of Queens) in the film. 

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As reported by Deadline, Lautner and Schneider will join a cast that includes Jackie Sandler, Gary Valentine, Tait Blum, Maxwell Simkins, Jacob Perez, Bryant Tardy, Manny Magnus, Liam Kyle, Christopher Farrar, Merek Mastrov, Isaiah Mustafa, Christopher Titone, Ashley D. Kelley, Lavell Crawford, Allen Covert, Anthony L. Fernandez, and Jared Sandler. 

Home Team is a family comedy that’s loosely inspired by New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and his experiences during his year-long suspension from the NFL. Two years after winning the Super Bowl, Payton is suspended for a year, and returns to his hometown and finds himself reconnecting with his 12-year-old son by coaching his Pop Warner football team. 

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In real life, Payton was suspended for the 2012 season due to his role in the Saints’ “Bountygate” scandal, which saw the team allegedly paying players for trying to injure players on the opposing team. James will play the part of Payton in the film, which is set to be produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and James’ Hey Eddie production houses. Charles Kinnane and Daniel Kinnane are co-directing the film, which is currently in production. 

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