Deadline brings word that Jalyn Hall (All American, All Day and a Night, The House with a Clock in Its Walls) and Amir O’Neil (Marlon, Mann and Wife, Madagascar: A Little Wild) will star in Disney+’s The Crossover pilot, based on Kwame Alexander’s bestselling and Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning novel. Alexander made the announcement on his Twitter account, which you can check out below!
The Crossover tells the story of 14-year-old basketball phenom brothers, Josh (Hall) and JB (O’Neil). The boys come of age on and off the court as their former pro-baller father adjusts to life after basketball and matriarch mother finally gets to pursue dreams of her own. This aspirational and emotional family drama is narrated entirely by Josh through his lyrical poetry.
The pilot is written by Alexander and Damani Johnson (All Rise) with Dee Johnson (Nashville, The Good Wife) supervising. The drama will be directed by George Tillman Jr. (The Hate U Give, For Life).
The Crossover drama pilot is executive produced by Alexander, Damani Johnson, Dee Johnson, Tillman, Bob Teitel, and Jay Marcus through State Street Pictures.