Ben Affleck has veered off of Buena Vista’s “Glory Road,” leaving it wide open for Josh Lucas.
Lucas is poised to replace Affleck as Don Haskins in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced biopic, which recounts the story of the Texas Western basketball coach who altered NCAA history when his all-black lineup of players won the championship in 1966.
Affleck has opted out of the picture, according to Disney, because of scheduling conflicts. However, others have hinted that a deal could not be reached.
While the Lucas deal is not yet locked, negotiations are under way.
Directed by commercials helmer James Gartner, pic is skedded to go before cameras this August in Louisiana and Texas.
However, before lensing can begin, casting for team players must be completed.
Calls were held the past two weeks — June 30 in Los Angeles, and July 7 in Gotham — to find black males, ages 20-25, 6′ 4″ or taller, who are able to play basketball. No acting experience was necessary for the audition. (Ironically, Texas Western’s lineup in the championship game was full of shorter players, including one who measured only 5′ 6″.)
“Glory Road” was penned by Chris Cleveland; Chad Oman and Mike Stenson are the exec producers.
Lucas recently wrapped Sony actioner “Stealth,” opposite Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx.
He will also next be seen in “An Unfinished Life,” “Undertow” and “Around the Bend.” His other credits include “The Hulk,” “Secondhand Lions” and “Wonderland.”