THIS IS US Actor to Star in Faith-Based Movie from Major Hollywood Studio
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
If you frequent NBC TV, you might recognize Sterling K. Brown from the popular series THIS IS US, which just aired the season three finale this week. On Thursday afternoon, it was announced that Brown has a new project in store and it’s faith-based.
Sony’s faith division AFFIRM films (that has released many MOVIEGUIDE® Award favorites, such as FIREPROOF, THE STAR, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, and PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST), will release RISE, a sports biopic drama. Crystal City Entertainment and Gulfstream Pictures will produce the project in tandem with AFFIRM. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) notes that Brown, “will play Willie Davis, a janitor at a Louisiana middle school who took over coaching the boys’ basketball program, which was in danger of being canceled due to funding, and the team would go on to make it to the state championship.”
Senior VP of AFFIRM films Rich Peluso said, “sports films typically teach us something more than just ‘sports,’ They leave us with a better understanding and knowledge of ourselves and what it takes to live our best life and lift up those around us, no matter the circumstances.”
According to THR, Kevin Rodney Sullivan (GUESS WHO, GREY’S ANATOMY) is set to direct the RISE. The script will be written 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. Karz and Bindley expressed, “Willie’s story inspired and moved us the very first time we heard it. We are thrilled to be working with AFFIRM Films and Crystal City Entertainment. We all believe Kevin Rodney Sullivan is the perfect director to be bringing this story to life for a wide audience”
Sterling Brown’s THIS IS US co-star, Chrissy Metz, also has a faith-based movie coming out on Easter weekend called BREAKTHROUGH. RISE is set to release on Easter 2020. RISE begins filming in May 2019.
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