Susan Sarandon is set to star in Ping-Pong Summer and will begin shooting the film in September in Ocean City, Md. Michael Tully is directing from his own script. Set in the summer of 1985, the coming-of-age film centers on a teenage boy obsessed with the game and hip-hop and a family vacation that changes everything. Sarandon’s involvement is a logical extension of her publicized love of the game: The Oscar-winning actress started a Ping-Pong program for New York City students, SPiN, bringing the game to schools across the five boroughs. She recently told Forbes that she plans to franchise the program to other cities like L.A. The film’s producers include Steve Bannatyne, Derrick Tseng, and entertainment attorneys Steven C. Beer and George Rush; Nomadic Independence duo Ryan Zacarias and Brooke Bernard, who worked with Tully on his previous film, Septien; and Court 13’s Michael Gottwald. The film is seeking additional financing. Sarandon is repped by ICM.
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