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EXCLUSIVE: Story Details on Disney+ Chris Paul Biopic ’61’ Slovan Naim to Direct

Two weeks ago, we received the first trailer for Rise, the Disney+ biopic centered on NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Well, Disney+ is working on 61, a biopic on the iconic point guard Chris Paul.

We have learned that the movie will follow Paul as a teenager, with uncanny skill in the game of basketball that he learned and trained through hours of his own will. Paul is struggling to get on his high school varsity team based on his 5’9 height. Though his grandfather, Papa Chilly Jones remains his guiding light and it is up to Chris Paul to decide how he is going to handle these obstacles and himself when his grandfather is no longer in his life.

We have also confirmed that Solvan “Slick” Naim (Power) is on board to direct from a script by Tori Sampson (Solos). Chris Paul and his brother C.J. are producing. Production is expected to start towards the beginning of October and will film until the end of the year.

Christopher Emmanuel Paul nicknamed “CP3”, is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Playing the point guard position, he has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, an NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, two Olympic gold medals, and led the NBA in assists four times and steals a record six times. He has also been selected to eleven NBA All-Star teams, ten All-NBA teams, and nine NBA All-Defensive teams. He helped lead the Suns to the NBA finals last season, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Paul’s brother, C.J., played college basketball at Hampton University and the University of South Carolina Upstate. In 2004, they played against each other when Wake Forest had a preseason exhibition with USC-Upstate. C.J. now works as Chris’s personal manager.

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