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Adaptation of Kwame Alexander’s ‘The Crossover’ Heading to Disney+

The cover of Kwame Alexander's 'The Crossover'.

Disney+ has announced a new adaptation based upon Kwame Alexander’s award-winning novel in verse, The Crossover.

The Newbery Medal-winning novel follows teen brothers Josh and JB, who are widely considered basketball phenomenons. Told through lyrical poetry, we follow the brothers in their coming-of-age story, on and off the Basketball court.

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“We’re honored to bring Kwame Alexander’s poignant, emotional and poetic story to our Disney+ audience in partnership with this outstanding group of creative talent.”

Ayo Davis, President of Disney Branded Television

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The series will star Jaylyn Hall as Josh Bell, Amir O’Neil as JB Bell, Derek Luke (“The Purge”) as Chuck Bell, Sabrina Revelle (“Zac & Mia”) as Crystal Bell, Skyla I’Lece (“Turn: Washington’s Spies”) as Alex, Deja Monique Cruz (“Law & Order: SVU”) as Maya, and Trevor Raine Bush (“After”) as Vondie.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 18: American writer Kwame Alexander attends a photocall during the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 on August 18, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)

The pilot episode was directed by George Tillman, Jr. (“The Hate U Give,” “For Life”) and was written by Kwame Alexander and Damani Johnson (“All Rise”).

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Production on the series will begin in February with LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson of The SpringHill Company joining as executive producers.