Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis joins O’Shea Jackson Jr. in Kevin Durant’s basketball drama, Swagger. She’s set to co-lead the series with Jackson Jr.
Swagger is inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences. It explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families, and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America.
Wallis will play Crystal, a young, top female basketball player.
Jackson Jr. will star as Ike, a youth basketball coach and former star player. He took this role over from Winston Duke, who had to exit the series because of an injury suffered on-set
Reggie Rock Bythewood has written and will direct the series as well as serve as showrunner. The series is from NBA superstar Kevin Durant and his Thirty Five Ventures, Bythewood, Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios.
Bythewood executive produces with Durant and Brian Grazer for Imagine TV, Rich Kleiman for Thirty Five Ventures, and Samantha Corbin Miller. James Seidman will serve as the Imagine executive on Swagger; Sarah Flynn will serve as an executive for Thirty Five Ventures. Imagine TV Studios and CBS TV Studios are also co-producing the drama.
Wallis nabbed a Best Actress Oscar nomination at age 9 for her debut performance in 2012’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. She also starred as the titular character in Sony’s Annie remake, with Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, and appeared in the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave. Other credits include The Prophet, Fathers and Daughters, and the animated film Trolls. Wallis recently starred in a recurring role on ABC’s Black-ish.