Last night saw the world premiere for the Disney+ Original movie “Rise,” which will stream exclusively on Disney+ starting June 24, 2022. Among those who attended the premiere at the Main Theater at Walt Disney Studios, and sponsored in part by X-Box, were the subjects of the film, executive producer Giannis Antetokounmpo and his mother, Veronica “Vera” Antetokounmpo, and his brothers Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Kostas Antetokounmpo and Alex Antetokounmpo, as well as the cast of “Rise” Dayo Okeniyi (Charles), Yetide Badaki (Vera), Uche Agada (Giannis), Ral Agada (Thanasis), director Akin Omotoso, writer Arash Amel and producer Bernie Goldmann.
Check out some photos from the event below:
The public has never seen a story like that of the Antetokounmpos. After migrating from Nigeria to Greece, Charles and Vera Antetokounmpo (Dayo Okeniyi and Yetide Badaki, respectively) struggled to survive and support their five children, while living under the daily threat of deportation. With their eldest son still in Nigeria with relatives, the couple desperately sought 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 (Uche Agada) and Thanasis (Ral Agada) – played basketball with a local youth team. Laggards in sports, they discovered their great abilities on the basketball court and worked hard to become world-class athletes, along with their brother, Kostas (Jaden Osimuwa). With the help of an agent, Giannis entered the 2013 NBA Draft with a long-term prospect that would change not just his life but the lives of his entire family. And last season, Giannis and Thanasis helped bring the Milwaukee Bucks their first championship ring in 50 years, while Kostas played for the previous season’s champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.
“Rise” features Dayo Okeniyi, Yetide Badaki, Manish Dayal, Taylor Nichols, introducing Ral Agada and introducing Uche Agada. The film was directed by Akin Omotoso (“Vaya”), written by Arash Amel (“A Private War”) and produced by Bernie Goldmann (“300”). Giannis Antetokounmpo and Douglas S. Jones served as executive producers.