Additional cast announced for Disney + Basketball series “The Crossover”
Darone Okolie (Winning time), Gabriela Lopez (Teenage spirit), Joel Steinold (Chi), Himie Freeman (Ultimatum), and Johnny Cantley (The originals) has had recurring roles in the Disney Original series “The Crossover”. The basketball series is based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel in verse by Kwame Alexander, a Newbery Medal winner and Coretta Scott King Book Awards’ author Honoree, and was ordered for the series to premiere at Disney + in January. The Disney Branded TV series will be produced within 20th Television.
According to Deadline, Okolie and Freeman will play future versions of the Bell brothers, Lopez will play a future version of ‘Maya’ and Cantley will play a future version of ‘Vondie.’
Steinold will play “Basil St. Jean”, the balanced and stylish vice principal at Hughes Middle School. He is friendly and hardworking and offers his support to Crystal (Sabrina Revelle) in every way he can, even though she secured the job he was ready for. But is he a friend or an enemy?
Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel-in-verse by Kwame Alexander, “The Crossover” introduces the teenage brothers Josh and Jordan Bell, considered basketball phenomena. Through his lyrical poetry, an adult version of Josh, also known as Filthy McNasty, tells the story of how he and his brother came of age, on and off the court, while their former professional basketball player father adapts to life after basketball, and their mother eventually pursues her own lifelong dreams.
Daveed Diggs will tell the series, starring Jalyn Hall, Amir O’Neil, Derek Luke, Sabrina Revelle, Skyla I’Lece, Deja Monique Cruz and Trevor Raine Bush.
NBA star LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson of The SpringHill Company are leading producers of the Disney Branded Television series.
Alexander and Damani Johnson wrote The Pilot, which was directed by George Tillman, Jr.
Kwame Alexander is a New York Times best-selling author of 28 books, including The Undefeated, Swing and Rebound. NPR Morning Editions poet in residence, he is the recipient of a number of awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award and three NAACP Image Award nominations. Alexander is one of the founders of LEAP, an international organization that built the Barbara E. Memorial Library and Health Clinic in the eastern region of Ghana, and the founder of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt who publishes books that will engage, entertain and provide young people the opportunity to imagine a better world.
A Disney + release date for “The Crossover” has not been announced yet.