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