It was recently announced that Disney + was producing a sports drama called Crossover with Daveed Diggs. Deadline is now announcing five new additions to the cast. Darone Okolie, Gabriela Lopez, Joel Steinold, Himie Freemanand Johnny Cantley is set to join the series based on the best-selling book of the same name.
Crossover is a basketball novel from 2014 written by Kwame Alexander. The novel first received recognition for how it was written entirely in verse. It tells the story of two teenage brothers, Josh and Jordan Bell, who are a pair of basketball prodigies. It also focuses on their parents, a father who is a former professional basketball player, and a mother who is about to follow her own dreams. The series will also have scenes set in the future that will show the Bell brothers, as well as their friends and teammates, all grown up. Okolie and Freeman are said to play the adult versions of the Bell brothers, while Lopez and Cantley play the adult versions of two of their friends. In addition, Steinold is reported to play vice principal at the junior high school the brothers attend.
Okolie, Freeman, Lopez, Cantley and Steinold join the already announced cast Jalyn Hall and Amir O’Neil like the Bell brothers, Derek Luke like their father, Skyla I’Lece, Deja Monique Cruzand Trevor Raine Bush. In addition, Diggs will serve as the narrator for the series, which is said to have the same lyrical style in which the book is written.
Okolie recently came into the spotlight in another basketball-focused show. He played former professional basketball player Larry Johnson on Winning time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. Freeman is an actor known for a number of short films and miniseries Mom’s good. Lopez is known for his roles in movies like The 5th wave and series such as Rosewood. Steinold is best known for his role in the critically acclaimed Showtime drama Chi. For Cantley, this series will be their first major role, with their only other acting credit on camera in an episode of The CW drama The originals.
The first episode of Crossover has been directed by George Tillman, Jr. who has previously directed films such as The hatred you give. It was written by Alexander and Damani Johnson. Johnson, Alexander and Tillman, Jr. also works all as executive producers on the series with Kim Harrison, Todd Harthan, Bob Teitel, Robert Prinz, Lebron James, Maverick Carterand Jamal Henderson. Johnson, Alexander and Harrison work together as co-showrunners.
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