The new content just doesn’t stop flowing at Disney+, today we have confirmation of RISE, a new inspirational biopic about Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Laker Kostas Antetokounmpo.
Based on the triumphant real life story about the remarkable family that produced the first trio of brothers to become NBA champions in the history of the league, the film will make its debut in 2022 on Disney+.
Newcomer Uche Agada and Ral Agada—also real-life brothers–portray young Giannis and Thanasis, with Jaden Osimuwa and Elijah Shomanke as their other two brothers, Kostas and Alex, respectively. The film stars Dayo Okeniyi (“Emperor,” “Shades of Blue”) and Yetide Badaki (“American Gods,” “This is Us”) as their parents Charles and Vera, with Manish Dayal as Giannis’ tenacious agent Kevin and Taylor Nichols as John Hammond, general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. Also in the cast are Maximiliano Hernandez, Eddie Cahill, Pilar Holland and McColm Kona Cephas Jr.
Disney promises that audiences have never seen a story like that of the Antetokounmpo’s, which mixes Nigerian heritage, Greek nationality, and extraordinary athletic ability.
RISE” is directed by Akin Omotoso (“Vaya”), with Bernie Goldmann (“300”) producing and Giannis Antetokounmpo executive producing. Co-producers are Andreas Dimitriou and Michael Foutras.
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RISE debuts exclusively on Disney+ in 2022. An exact release date has not yet been announced.