Sterling K. Brown is set to star in Rise, an inspirational sports drama based on a true story. He will play Coach Willie Davis, a junior high janitor-turned coach who made an extraordinary impact on the lives of people around him. The film is being set up at AFFIRM Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.
Kevin Rodney Sullivan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) will direct the film from a script written by Randy Brown and Gregory Allen Howard. Filming will commence next month in Louisiana.
In real life, Davis took on the role as head coach of his school’s lacklustre basketball team when it was in danger of being cut thanks to funding concerns. From the very beginning, Davis taught the kids priorities in life, who they need to be, and what they need to do in order to be successful on and off the basketball court.
Almost immediately, Coach Willie became the role model for many of the kids in the school and surrounding community, as they made an amazing run at the state championship.
This is a great opportunity for Brown in the cinematic field, but he’s already become a star on the smaller screen, having won two Emmys in recent years. One for The People vs. O.J. Simpson, and another for This Is Us. He should be a great fit for this role. He’ll next be seen (or rather, heard) in Sony’s Angry Birds sequel and Disney’s Frozen II.
Rise is set for release on April 10, 2020.