Disney Plus announces biopic ‘Rise’ about Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a two-time NBA MVP, led the Milwaukee Bucks to the 2021 NBA championship, opened up the new season with a win against the Brooklyn Nets and now has a movie based on his life set to premiere on Disney Plus in 2022.

Titled Rise, the film is based on the real life story of Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas Antetokounmpo, who are the first trio of brothers to win an NBA championship (Giannis and Thanasis with the Bucks, Kostas with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020). Rise will tell the story of how the Antetokounmpo family, who have Nigerian heritage and Greek nationality, used vision, determination and faith to lift them out of obscurity and to the heights of NBA superstardom.

“I am thrilled and honored that Disney Plus is bringing my family’s story to people all over the world,” said Antetokounmpo. “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.”

Uche Agada and Ral Agada, real-life brothers, will play Giannis and Thanasis, respectively, while Jaden Osimuwa and Elijah Shomanke are set for the roles of Kostas and fourth Antetokounmpo brother Alex. Dayo Okeniyi and Yetide Badaki are playing the Antetokounmpo parents, Charles and Vera. Manish Dayal, Taylor Nichols, Maximiliano Hernandez, Eddie Cahill, Pilar Holland and McColm Kona Cephas Jr. also star. Akin Omotoso is directing, with Giannis Antetokounmpo onboard as an executive producer.

Film about Antetokounmpo and his brothers’ journey to the NBA will debut on Disney Plus in 2022.


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