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Disney Releases A Preview of Akin Omotoso’s ‘Rise’ Biopic On Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Disney Releases A Preview of Akin Omotoso’s ‘Rise’ Biopic On Giannis Antetokounmpo 

Nigerian actresses Joke Silva and Lala Akindoju also star in the movie.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

Walt Disney Studios has released a first peek image from its upcoming biopic centered on Greek/Nigerian basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s life, career, and family.

The movie titled ‘Rise’ (previously titled ‘Greek Freak’) will cover the Antetokounmpo family’s emigration from Nigeria to Greece, their fight to their passion for basketball, and how it altered their lives, and will be directed by Nigerian director Akin Omotoso.

Giannis said in a statement confirming the production: “I am thrilled and honored that Disney+ is bringing my family’s story to people all over the world. My hope is that it will inspire those in similar circumstances to keep the faith, stay true to their goals and not to give up on striving for a better life.”

Bernie Goldmann produces and executive produces ‘Rise,’ which he also executive produces. Andreas Dimitriou and Michael Foutras have been announced as co-producers on the picture, which is set to premiere in 2022.

Real-life brothers Uche and Ral Agada will play the childhood versions of Giannis and Thanasis, respectively, while Jaden Osimuwa will play Kostas and Elijah Shomanke will play the trio’s other sibling, Alex.

Charles and Vera, the boys’ parents, will be played by Dayo Okeniyi and Yetide Badaki. Giannis’ agent Kevin will be played by Manish Dayal, and Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond will be played by Taylor Nichols.

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