INDEPENDENCE: Nate Robinson and Maya Moore joined Kyrie Irving in the third installment of the popular “Uncle Drew” Pepsi Max series, which was released this afternoon.
The 6-minute film was shot in one 12-hour day at Chicago’s Seward Park last summer. The identity of the new cast members was kept secret until Monday’s release.
“Nobody could tell and if they did, I was going to sue them,” Irving said Monday, an hour before the debut. “They all signed a form that they had to remain silent until today. I’m just happy no one found out.”
Irving said Robinson was chosen in part because he campaigned for the spot. When Irving was standing at the free-throw line during a game last season, Robinson told him he wanted to be part of the next installment. Then he followed it up with a Twitter message to Irving.
“Kyrie is a good dude, we have a good relationship,” Robinson told Dime Magazine. “He texted me after we did it and said, ‘You did a great job, you’re a cool dude, you made it so much fun being on set.’ We were just kicking back on set and it was a great, great opportunity.”
Robinson plays “Lights” in the latest installment, a basketball player-turned-musician. Moore is his significant other, who warns “Lights” he can’t play again because he had his hip replaced. Moore’s character eventually shows up at the court and starts dropping shots, too.
“I’m as excited to see it as you guys are,” said Irving, who wrote this piece just as he wrote the first two chapters. “It’ll be a funny commercial and I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction of everybody.”