Why Michelle Obama Is Going to Compete Against James Corden in a Dodgeball Game

We haven’t seen much of Michelle Obama since her surprise appearance at the 2019 Grammy Awards presentation. As such, we are happy to see the former First Lady back in headlines for her involvement in another stunner: She’s playing dodgeball with James Corden.

In conjunction with James Corden’s third consecutive return to hosting the Late Late Show with James Corden on his home turf in England, CBS announced news the epic transatlantic challenge. The sports match-up will air on June 17 and kick off the late-night week-long stint in London.

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

What are the competing dodgeball teams?

Fans can watch the classic “boys-against-the-girls” when they face-off with a real star-studded lineup. There will be two teams: Team USA and Team UK. The former will be led by Michelle Obama and the latter by James Corden.

Who will be on Michelle Obama’s dodgeball team?

Michelle’s Team USA will feature American female celebrities. This includes: actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy, popular rom-com actress Kate Hudson, award-winning actress Allison Janney, That 70s Show alum Mila Kunis, and accomplished screenwriter and producer Lena Waithe.

Who will be on James Corden’s dodgeball team?

James’s Team UK will feature British male celebrities. This team includes singer Harry Styles, Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Games of Thrones‘ John Bradley, and The Late Late Show with James Corden‘s bandleader Reggie Watts.

When will the celeb dodgeball game air?

We’ll have to wait and see how all the action unfolds on the dodgeball court. The game starts at 12:37 a.m. on Monday, June 17th. Technically it’s Tuesday morning. There will be a total of four games concluding Thursday on The Late Late Show courtesy of CBS. When these two teams come together they will once again confront the age-old topic of athletic equality among the genders.

Which team has an advantage?

At first glance, you may notice the boys are short one player as compared to the girls’ roster. This makes one wonder: Will this give the women an advantage over the men? Playing on their home turf in the U.K., will this give the guys the upper hand at taking down the girls? If the gals do manage to eliminate the competition, will the presence of an additional player give Corden an “out” if his team is defeated? Time will tell.