A few years after his breakout film Pitch Perfect, popular actor Skylar Astin has landed a starring role in an upcoming NBA buddy comedy series that will air on ABC.
The untitled show centers on Mo, a rookie basketball player from Botswana who speaks no English. Astin portrays Jason, the player’s translator, mentor, best friend and protector. A non-athlete and former Peace Corps volunteer, Jason is clearly a fish out of water in the world of the NBA. His biggest challenge is motivating Mo, who seems to completely lack drive and ambition. However, despite the added stress, the job is definitely a step up for Jason, who has been working as a teacher’s assistant and living in his parents’ basement—especially given the generous salary he earns as Mo’s 24/7 guide.
The script will be written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson, who have collaborated on a number of TV shows, including Trophy Wife and the musical comedy series Galavant. Directing the pilot is John Fortenberry, best known for Rescue Me, Instant Mom and Galavant.
Skylar Astin will soon return to the big screen in the sequel Pitch Perfect 2, to be released nationwide May 15.