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‘Shooting Stars,’ LeBron James Biopic, Breaks Record as Peacock’s Most Watched Release

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The LeBron James biopic, Shooting Stars, has achieved significant triumph by becoming the most viewed release on Peacock within its first four weeks. According to Deadline, this biopic, directed by Chris Robinson, which traces LeBron James’ ascent to becoming one of the greatest basketball players in history, garnered more attention from viewers than any of the eight original movies currently available on the platform’s catalog. Apart from his on-court achievements, it seems James has once again claimed victory in the realm of cinema.


The film, based on the book by James and Buzz Bissinger, delves into the life of the iconic athlete during his high school years when he was a young player brimming with dreams. Thankfully, LeBron was not alone and had the steadfast support of his friends, both on and off the court. Mookie Cook played the young LeBron, while Caleb McLaughlin starred as Dru Joyce III, a former pro player who now devotes his time to coaching basketball.

The release of the film’s first trailer made it apparent that Peacock sought to share a potent message of dedication, discipline, and resilience through LeBron James’ story. Shooting Stars, with additional performances from Algee Smith and Dermont Mulroney, is a compelling tale of a boy determined to make his dreams come true, no matter the obstacles. As we await future original films from the platform, it remains uncertain if any will surpass the current record. Yet, considering LeBron James’ history of setting high standards, upcoming releases might find this feat challenging.

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Director Chris Robinson Discusses Casting ‘Shooting Stars’ and the Authenticity of LeBron James’ Story

LeBron James’ Imaginary Adventure

Before his story was showcased in the biopic, LeBron James embarked on an extraordinary journey in Space Jam: A New Legacy. Teaming up with the Looney Tunes, the basketball legend traversed a digital world, working to mend his relationship with a fictional version of his son, played by Cedric Joe. The duo ultimately faces off against an algorithm, played by Don Cheadle, bent on dragging pop culture into chaos by using AI to dictate the future of Warner Bros.’ content. Thankfully, such things only happen in films.

Below is FilmSweep’s interview with Caleb McLaughlin for your viewing:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Shooting Stars Biopic

What is “Shooting Stars”?

“Shooting Stars” is a biopic about the journey of LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players in history, before he achieved success. It is currently the most watched release on the Peacock streaming platform.

Who directed “Shooting Stars”?

“Shooting Stars” was directed by Chris Robinson.

What is the storyline of the film?

The film follows LeBron James during his high school years as a young player with big dreams. It highlights his determination and the support he received from his friends on and off the basketball court.

Are there other notable actors in the film?

Yes, besides LeBron James, the film features performances from actors such as Mookie Cook, who portrays the younger version of James, Caleb McLaughlin as Dru Joyce III, and appearances by Algee Smith and Dermont Mulroney.

Is “Shooting Stars” based on a book?

Yes, the film is based on a book co-written by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger.

What other records has “Shooting Stars” broken?

“Shooting Stars” has set a record as the most viewed release on Peacock within its first four weeks, surpassing the viewership of all other original movies available on the platform.

Can we expect more records to be broken by future releases on Peacock?

While it remains uncertain, given LeBron James’ history of setting high standards and achieving remarkable accomplishments, future releases on Peacock might face a challenge in surpassing the record set by “Shooting Stars.”

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LeBronFan23 July 10, 2023 - 10:35 am

omg shooting stars biopic about lebron james is lit!! it broked the viewership record on peacock!! so proud of lebron, he always slays on the court and now in the movies too!!

LebronFanatic July 10, 2023 - 2:01 pm

just finished watching shooting stars and WOW! lebron’s story is so inspiring. loved seein caleb mclaughlin and the rest of the cast bring it to life. can’t wait to watch it again!

MovieLover45 July 10, 2023 - 8:56 pm

shooting stars is amazin! lebron’s story is so inspirin, showin us all about hard work n friendship. loved watchin mookie cook as young lebron. can’t wait for more awesome films on peacock!

BasketballAddict July 10, 2023 - 10:20 pm

shooting stars is a must-watch for all basketball fans! lebron’s journey from high school to greatness is incredible. can’t believe it beat all the other movies on peacock. lebron’s the GOAT!

FilmGeek87 July 11, 2023 - 12:33 am

shooting stars is the bomb dot com! chris robinson did an amazin job directin it. gotta love lebron’s hustle and determination. hope more peacock films can live up to this record!


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