Disney Channel already gave fans a preview The Crossover Today. In the new series, a coming of age story takes shape. Jalyn Hall plays Josh Bell in the series and Amir O’Neil stars as JB Bell. Adding something for the older viewers, Derek Luke is together as Chuck Bell with Sabrina Revelle part of the family as Crystal Bell. The show also features Raine Bush as Vondie, Deja Monique Cruz as Maya, and Skyla I’Lece as Alex. Kwame Alexander’s beloved book serves as source material for the Disney show. Tag teaming on the pilot are Alexander and Damani Johnson. George Tilman Jr. is behind the camera as a director.
With a story about basketball, they literally have hardwood royalty, along with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Springhill Company in executive producer roles. Disney is excited about the collaboration. “We are honored to bring the gripping, emotional and poetic story of Kwame Alexander to our Disney Plus audience in collaboration with this outstanding group of creative talent,” said Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television.
Disney Channel speaks to all audiences
In an interview with Andscape, Jamal Henderson, Chief Content Officer of SpringHill Company, spoke about how they develop stories for all audiences. It may start with sports, but it expands to appeal to all kinds of different children and their families.
“We see sport as a sort of Trojan horse,” explains Henderson. “If you watch our very first show Survivor’s Remorse, it’s about sports, but it’s really about family. There was no basketball on that show. With something like Top Boy [the revival of a British crime drama] or House Party, we definitely lean into stories beyond sports. But sport will always be the lifeblood of this company. Mav says this all the time – to be the Disney for culture… The idea is that our whole slate really gets through to everyone.
Disney has an official description of the series: “Based on Kwame Alexander’s critically acclaimed best-selling novel in couplets, “The Crossover” introduces teenage brothers Josh and Jordan Bell, widely regarded as basketball phenoms. Through his lyrical poetry, an adult version of Josh, also known as Filthy McNasty, tells the story of he and his brother growing up, on and off the court, as their former professional basketball player father adjusts to life after basketball, and their mother finally pursues her own lifelong dreams. “
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