Sterling K. Brown to Star in True-Life Sports Drama ‘Rise’

Kevin Rodney Sullivan will direct the pic, which has been dated for an Easter 2020 release.

Sterling K. Brown is in talks to star in the inspirational sports drama Rise.

The Emmy winner will play Willie Davis, a janitor at a Louisiana middle school who took over the boys’ basketball program — which was in danger of being canceled due to lack of funds — and led the team to the state championship. Davis’ real-life story has been covered in HBO’s Real Sports feature segments.

AFFIRM Films, Sony’s faith-based label that was behind the titles Miracles From Heaven and Heaven Is for Real, will produce in partnership with Crystal City Entertainment and Gulfstream Pictures.

Rise, which is set to begin filming in May in Louisiana, has been set for an April 10, 2020, release.

Kevin Rodney Sullivan (Guess Who) will direct the project for AFFIRM from a script by Randy Brown (Trouble With the Curve) and Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans). Ari Pinchot, Stuart Avi Savitsky, Mike Karz and Bill Bindley will produce.


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