Rise: Sterling K. Brown joins sports drama at Sony
According to Deadline, Emmy-award winning actor Sterling K. Brown, of This is Us and The Predator fame, has landed the role of Coach Willie Davis in Sony’s true-life sports drama Rise. Filming will commence next month in Louisiana on the project.
Davis was a janitor who became head coach of the lackluster basketball team at Arthur Smith Junior High School in Alexandria, Louisiana when the program was under serious threat to get cut. Davis teaches his kids the priorities of life, and inspires them to be more whilst guiding them on a remarkable run to the state championship.
The film will be directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) from a script by Randy Brown and Gregory Allen Howard.
Brown is quite busy these days with appearances in Black Panther, the TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the films Hotel Artemis and Shane Black’s The Predator, as well as his recurring role on the hit series This Is Us. He is also slated to lend his voice to the animated films The Angry Birds Movie 2 and Frozen II, both due later this year.
Rise will hit theaters on April 10, 2020.