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Anspaugh to direct ‘Phenom’

Basketball drama will star singer-actor Brown

Screen Gems has set David Anspaugh to direct basketball drama “Phenom,” which will star singer-actor Chris Brown.

Brown will play a standout high school basketball player who goes pro after the media discovers he’s the illegitimate son of the NBA’s best player. Father and son are on a collision course as their teams meet on the road to the playoffs.

Henry Simmons and Vanessa Williams will also star. Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr. and Will Packer will produce. Charles Murray and Chris Parker penned the script.

Anspaugh is a sports film vet whose credits include “Rudy” and “Hoosiers.” Brown, who made his film debut for Screen Gems in “Stomp the Yard,” just opened in the Screen Gems pic “This Christmas.”

Production will begin early next year, after Brown completes a tour for his fall album release, “Exclusive.”

Simmons stars in “Shark” as well as the Tyler Perry-directed “Madea’s Family Reunion” and “Are We There Yet?”; Williams is currently starring in “Ugly Betty.”

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