Derek Luke, Sabrina Revelle, Skyla I’Lece, Deja Monique Cruz, and Trevor Raine Bush join the cast of the Disney+ pilot The Crossover. They have been cast as series regulars and join previously announced leads Jayln Hall and Amir O’Neil.
George Tillman Jr is directing the pilot which is based on Kwame Alexander’s bestselling novel of the same name that is told entirely through verse. Alexander and Damani Johnson are scripting with Dee Johnson supervising.
The Disney+ pilot, The Crossover is the coming-of-age story of teen basketball prodigy twins Josh (aka Filthy) and Jordan (aka JB) Bell who must learn to deal with problems on and off the court as they navigate homework, first crushes, family and, of course, basketball.
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family. As they deal with their own trials, their former pro-baller father adjusts to life after basketball and matriarch mother finally gets to pursue dreams of her own.
This aspirational and emotional family drama is narrated entirely by Josh through his lyrical poetry. “With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I¹m delivering.”
Hall stars as Filthy aka Josh. O’Neil stars as Jordan and, interesting fact, O’Neil is a twin in real life.
Luke will play Chuck Bell. The twin’s father who is a former pro basketball player who knows everything there is to know about the game. A loving husband and father, he’ll do whatever it takes to give his family what they need. Revelle will portray Crystal Bell, the twins’ mother.
I’Lece will play Alexis, a talented musician who just moved back into the neighborhood. Cruz will portray Maya. Sharp as a tack, observant, perceptive and not afraid to speak her mind, Maya is one of Filthy and JB’s best friends. Bush is Vondie, Filthy and JB’s best friend and fellow basketball player on the team.
The Crossover is Produced by Bob Teitel and Jay Marcus, Written and Produced by Kwame Alexander, Damani Johnson, and Dee Johnson.
There is no release date announced for this project.