Susan Sarandon, perhaps best known for her role in the iconic neo-feminist road movie Thelma and Louise, is set to star in Ping-Pong Summer. The film will begin shooting in September in Ocean City, Md. with Michael Tully 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 much publicized love of the game: The Oscar-winning actress launched SPiN in New York City and recently told Forbes that she plans to franchise the program to other cities like L.A.
With the Olympics coming up this summer, ping pong (aka table tennis) will get some additional love. All events at the Games will take the form of a knockout competition and will take place from Saturday 28 July to Wednesday 8 August 2012 .