June 30, 2022

‘Rise’ movie 2022: Real-life brothers portray true story of NBA’s Antetokounmpo brothers

NEW YORK — “Rise” is predicated on the real-life story of the Antetokounmpo household, together with brothers Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas, the primary trio of brothers to change into NBA champions in league historical past – Giannis and Thanasis whereas taking part in for the Milwaukee Bucks and Kostas as a Los Angeles Laker. Giannis is famously often called the “Greek Freak.” Their brother Alex can also be an expert basketball participant.

“When I first heard the story, it was very clear that we had an incredibly modern tale of triumph over adversity. And what made it modern is that it’s a universal story. It’s a universal story family. It’s a story of faith,” stated Arash Amel, author.

The movie follows the household after Charles Antetokounmpo and his spouse Vera (Veronica) to migrate from Nigeria to Greece, exhibiting their efforts to supply for his or her household below the menace of deportation and safe Greek citizenship by way of a flawed immigration system that “blocked them at every turn,” in response to the movie’s synopsis.

“Everybody talks about us, about me, Thanasis, Kostas, and Alex, and Francis, but they always leave out our parents you know, my dad and my mom,” Giannis stated. “So, you know, we knew that one day we were going to tell them, like, who the real heroes of this story are, of this journey are.”

Meantime, Giannis and Thanasis start taking part in basketball on an area youth crew and uncover their expertise and fervour for the game. The remaining, of course, is historical past as Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas are ultimately drafted into the NBA.
“Rise” stars real-life brothers Uche and Ral Agada as younger Giannis and Thanasis.

“I was just layin’ in bed one day and I was goin’ on Instagram. And I see a screenshot of a tweet that Giannis put out saying that Disney’s making a movie about his life and his family’s life and they’re looking for someone to play him and his brothers,” Uche stated. “So, I just clicked on a link and I just send a video, just talking about myself. And then, I sent in a video. A few months later, I got a call back. And for me, I was never an actor prior to this, so this was very weird for me. So, when it said callback with a director of a movie, in my mind, I’m like, yo, that’s crazy. But I did that callback and did another callback. And eventually they told me I got the part, which is absolutely incredible.”

That wasn’t the tip, there was extra excellent news.

“And then, couple weeks later, they asked me if I had any siblings and I said I had an older brother,” Uche stated. That led to the casting of his brother Ral.
The solid additionally consists of Dayo Okeniyi, Yetide Badaki, Manish Dayal and Taylor Nichols.

“Everybody that played our family, they did an unbelievable job,” Giannis stated. “We feel like they’re our family now and they’re a part of us.”

MORE: Unique clip of Disney+’s ‘Rise’

“Rise” was directed by Akin Omotoso, written by Amel, and produced by Bernie Goldmann. Giannis Antetokounmpo is credited as an govt producer alongside Douglas S. Jones.

The movie additionally consists of authentic music co-written and carried out by the eldest Antetokounmpo son, Francis, who is thought below the stage identify Ofili.

Stream “Rise” solely on Disney+ this Friday, June 24.

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