It’s extremely hard to not be a fan of the lovable Jake Johnson and thankfully, he’s been staying pretty busy since wrapping his seven-season run as Nick Miller on Fox’s New Girl. He recently starred in the hilariously true comedy Tag alongside Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Burress, and Jeremy Renner and will soon lend his voice to the iconic Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson will be heading back to the small screen to voice-star in a new Netflix animated series titled Hoops from executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Hoops will follow “a hot-headed, foul-mouthed high school basketball coach named Ben Hopkins who thinks turning around his god-awful team will take him to the “big leagues.” It sounds like the perfect role for Johnson if you ask us. The animated series was created by Archer’s Ben Hoffman and will be executive produced by Lord and Miller, who have worked with Johnson on both Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse and The Lego Movie, where he voiced a character named Barry. Bob’s Burger’s Bento Box will handle the animation for Hoops.
Lord and Miller were just making waves in the animated series news last week when it was announced that they would be executive producing Fox’s new animated comedy Bless the Harts starring SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Created by Emily Spivey, Bless the Harts follows “a group of Southerners who are always broke as a joke, and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich, in friends, family and laughter.”
Hoops will join an impressive roster of original animated series at Netflix including Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman, and Disenchantment. Tiffany Haddish was also cast to voice-star in an upcoming series titled Tuca & Bertie, which follows a pair of “30-year-old bird-women who live in the same apartment complex.”
Are you excited about Johnson taking the lead in Hoops? Do you enjoy Netflix’s animated series? Let us know!
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.