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Fans of Love & Basketball have been asking for a sequel for years, and now rumors are swirling that the beloved film could be returning to the stage as a musical a la Love Jones: The Musical.

So what does the film’s cast think of this idea?

HipHollywood sat down with Gabrielle Union and Omar Epps  — whose onscreen romance in Almost Christmas definitely had us reminiscing about their characters in Love & Basketball — and got their two cents on the rumors.

“Well, they certainly didn’t tell Shawnie Easton,” joked Union, referring to her infamous character in the film. “Although I did hear that they were turning it into a musical, on the heels of the Love Jones Musical.”

Epps, who played Q in the film, however, didn’t think the musical was a good idea. “Hmmm …. no,” he laughed.

Interestingly, the response has been lukewarm to Love Jones: The Musical (which doesn’t include any of the film’s original cast) so we kind of understand Epps’ sentiment.

As for the film returning to the big screen? He told E! News back in 2015, after the cast reunited for the 15th anniversary, that director/creator Gina Prince Bythewood was against the idea.

“Gina and I actually spoke about that and she has this you-don’t-touch-a-classic-thing, and I agree, but it’s tempting because it’s like, what would the story look like now? The best sequels are when they were in mind during the original; when you are searching for the sequel, that’s when it doesn’t really work.”

 

 

 

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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