“When I first heard this story, it was very clear that we have an incredibly modern history of overcoming adversity. And what made it modern is that it’s a universal story. This is a universal family history. This is a story of faith,” he said. Arash Amel, writer.
The film follows a family after Charles Antetokounmpo and his wife Vera (Veronica) emigrated from Nigeria to Greece, showcasing their efforts to provide for their family under threat of deportation and gain Greek citizenship through a flawed immigration system that “blocked them at every turn.” ‘, reads the synopsis of the film.
“Everyone talks about us, about me, Thanasis, Kostas, Alex and Francis, but they always overlook our parents, my dad and mom,” Giannis said. “So, you know, we knew that one day we were going to tell them, for example, who the real heroes of this story, this journey are.”
Meanwhile, Giannis and Thanasis start playing basketball for the local youth team and discover their talent and passion for the sport. The rest, of course, is history as Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas ended up in the NBA.
The Uprising stars the real-life brothers Uche and Ral Agada as young Yannis and Thanasis.
“One day I just lay in bed and went to Instagram. And I see a screenshot of a tweet that Giannis posted saying that Disney is making a movie about his life and the life of his family and they are looking for someone. play him and his brothers,” Uche said. “So I just clicked on the link and just sent the video just talking about myself. And then I sent the video. A few months later I got a call back. And for me, I was never an actor. before that, so it was very strange for me. So, when he called back with the film’s director, I thought, “Hey, this is crazy. But I made this callback and made another callback. And in the end they told me that I got the role, which is absolutely incredible.
It wasn’t the end, there was other good news as well.
“And then, a couple of weeks later, they asked me if I had siblings, and I said I had an older brother,” Uche said. This led to the casting of his brother Ral.
The cast also includes Dayo Okenyi, Yetide Badaki, Manish Dayal and Taylor Nichols.
“Everyone who played our family did an incredible job,” Giannis said. “We feel like they are our family now and they are part of us.”
Uprising was directed by Akin Omotoso, written by Amel and produced by Bernie Goldmann. Giannis Antetokounmpo is credited as executive producer along with Douglas S. Jones.
The film also includes original music co-written and performed by Antetokounmpo’s eldest son, Francis, known by his stage name Ofili.
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