Rapper Ludacris has signed on to narrate "The Heart of the Game," an independent documentary by filmmaker Ward Serril.
"The Heart of the Game" centers around eccentric high school basketball coach Bill Ressler and his Seattle girls team, the Roosevelt High Roughriders. The cameras followed the team around for seven years.
"He sent the documentary, I watched it, automatically loved it," Ludacris said. "I told him, hands down, I wanted to be a part of this project. I will narrate it. Even further, I wanna go out on a campaign and market it as much as I can so as many people can go and see it as possible. ... 'Cause people hear 'documentary' all the time, and you may not be excited because a lot of people think it may be boring. But this is in no way boring.
"The most important thing to realize is that it is real life," he added. "There are no actors. It's not written out. It's somebody following a team for seven years and getting all real-life situations. You don't know how it's gonna play out. So when you watch it, it touches your heart. It's almost like a dream come true."
"He has one of the most tremendous voices," the director said of Luda at the film's New York premiere. "Just the resonance of his voice as an artist. But as a person, it's powerful as well, in terms of the conviction of what he believes in. He was available; he loved the movie. I was so grateful to have his involvement."
Luda's next LP, Release Therapy, comes out in September. "The Heart of the Game" hits theaters Friday.
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