Sportico: Disney+ has released the trailer for “Rise,” based on the real-life story about Giannis, Kostas, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo @Giannis_An34 is an executive producer on the film.
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Brian Mahoney: “Rise,” based on the life of the Antetokounmpo brothers, to debut June 24 on Disney+. Giannis Antetokounmpo was an executive producer of the film.
That Disney+ movie about Milwaukee Bucks star and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, his family and their story finally has a title. “Rise,” described by Disney as the story of “how one family’s vision, determination and faith lifted them out of obscurity to launch the career of three NBA champions,” will premiere on the streaming service sometime in 2022. When it was announced in 2019, the project went under the title “Greek Freak.”
Real-life brothers Uche Agada and Ral Agada will play young Giannis and Thanasis, with Jaden Osimuwa and Elijah Shomanke as their other brothers, Kostas and Alex, respectively. Dayo Okeniyi (“Emperor,” “Shades of Blue”) and Yetide Badaki (“American Gods,” “This is Us”) play their parents Charles and Vera. Among the other characters mentioned in Disney’s announcement, John Hammond, the Bucks general manager who drafted Giannis, will be played by Taylor Nichols (“PEN15,” “Perry Mason”).
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