Jake Johnson to Play ‘Foul-Mouthed’ High School Basketball Coach in Netflix Adult Animated Comedy ‘Hoops’

Lord/Miller’s hothead actually thinks turning around teen team will get him to the “big leagues”

Last Updated: October 3, 2018 @ 1:33 PM

“New Girl” star Jake Johnson is heading to Netflix to voice the main character in a new adult animated comedy series titled “Hoops,” TheWrap has confirmed.

Johnson will voice the role of Coach Ben Hopkins, who is described as “a hot-headed, foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who thinks turning around his God-awful team will take him to the ‘big leagues.'”

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the half-hour comedy, created and written by Ben Hoffman, who will also executive produce. Johnson will executive produce with Hoffman, as will Phil Lord and Chris Miller with the duo’s Lord Miller Productions. Seth Cohen will also executive produce. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, and Bento Box the animation studio.

In addition to “New Girl,” Johnson has recently appeared in “BoJack Horseman” and “Spider Man: Into the Spider-verse.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Netflix announced that it has acquired the rights to C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and will be developing new series and movies based on the novels.

Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company signed a multi-year deal, marking the first time one company has held the rights to all seven books. All the projects developed through this deal will be produced by Netflix productions and Mark Gordon of Entertainment One, alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for the series, as well as producers for the films.