Rise is a sports biography about 3 Nigerian-Greek brothers who move to the USA and quickly rise to fame after getting drafted into NBA.
Rise is set to release on Disney+ on June 24, 2022.
Cast and creators
- Dayo Okeniyi
- Yetide Badaki
- Manish Dayal
- Taylor Nichols
- Ral Agada
- Uche Agada
Directed by Akin Omotoso
Written by Arash Amel
“After emigrating from Nigeria to Greece, Charles and Vera Antetokounmpo struggled to survive and provide for their five children, while living under the daily threat of deportation. With their oldest son still in Nigeria with relatives, the couple were desperate to obtain Greek citizenship but found themselves undermined by a system that blocked them at every turn. When they weren’t selling items to tourists on the streets of Athens with the rest of the family, the brothers – Giannis and Thanasis – would play basketball with a local youth team. Latecomers to the sport, they discovered their great abilities on the basketball court and worked hard to become world class athletes, along with brother, Kostas. With the help of an agent, Giannis entered the NBA Draft in 2013 in a long shot prospect that would change not only his life but the life of his entire family.”
The Milwaukee star,who is also the executive producer of film commented.” 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.”
The trailer of Rise shows the 3 brothers in different situations before they got drafted into the NBA. From falling into poverty to getting into trouble for being an immigrant, the Antetokounmpo family faces it all. But things seem to change for the better, when Giannis finally enters the NBA Draft in 2013.