In news from THR, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will be seen on an episode of Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally.”
The three-time NBA champion will make a cameo on the live-action comedy in a season 3 episode that will air in 2014.
In the episode, Dez (Calum Worthy) invites Austin (Ross Lynch), Ally (Laura Marano) and Trish (Raini Rodriguez) over to his cousin’s house, only to discover that it’s actually NBA star Dwayne Wade. Once they recover from their shock of meeting their basketball hero, the gang realizes Dwyane is an “over the top” Austin Moon super fan with dreams of being a rock star. That leads Austin and Ally to include him “in a songwriting session,” executive producer Kevin Kopelow reveals.
Wade talked about his two sons encouraging him to be on the show, “My kids told me that I needed to go on Disney,” Wade, who filmed his appearance Thursday (September 19, 2013), tells The Hollywood Reporter. “They said, ‘Daddy you need to do it!’ ”
For the producers, it was crucial for them to score top-tier talent for the guest spot. “We came up with the general idea for the episode and knew it would only work if we had a really great guest star in the role,” executive producer Heath Seifert, who credited the casting team, tells THR. “We made a wish list of our dream names and Dwyane was at teh top of it. We knew we were being ambitious going out to somebody of his caliber.”
Are you excited to see Mr. Wade on “Austin & Ally?”
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